The major innovation for this pancake is the use of a fresh date. Other than that, I think of this pancake as variations on a well explored theme.
I think there’s something interesting about human nature. We seem to be amazingly vulnerable to getting stuck in ruts. Perhaps it’s our optimism, that doing the same thing might yield better results the next time. It’s the same kind of thing that gets us to the craps table at Las Vegas. Regardless of the reason why, probably everybody in the world has been at a place in their life where they keep doing the same thing even though they know it’s time to move on.