Evolution, as Darwin said and proved, is a consistently persistent fundamental of the ‘living part’ of the world. If we consider the pace and proportion of ‘evolution’ for the past decade, apparently, Blockchain has been the ‘most alive’ organism, one could have ever observed and studied.
Relatively, only an ‘alive creation’ of God, or humans, should be compared with another, that is my personal opinion. People are always, obviously free to carry their own perspectives. I also consider the ‘relationships’ to be alive, because even they evolve. In several noticeable and tremendous cases, they evolve faster than the blockchain. Amazing, isn’t it?
Comparing the relationship and blockchain could be weird for a few. For me too, it could have been, if I didn’t know anything about the blockchain. However, let’s start with the amazingly similar journey of the blockchain and a ‘love relationship’, ‘frame-by-frame’ and ‘peer-to-peer’.
So it all starts with a ‘decentralised’ and ‘visible-to-all’ system, where no ‘central controlling authority’ is required or ‘authorised’ to direct, what to be done and how to. In the bitcoin blockchain, that was the most liked phenomenon and even in the very early stage of a ‘love relationship’, that is the most ‘liked and appreciated’ characteristic of the whole concept. No one around, to be reported to, no one to take permissions from, and no one to make rules and regulations. It all feels so divine in the beginning. doesn’t it?
Now just like the bitcoin blockchain, this ‘revolutionary concept’ of ‘decentralised’ and ‘free from regulations’ and ‘out of any central authority’s control’ creates an adrenaline rush, ‘slowly’. Although, just like the bitcoin blockchain and there are similar protests it faces from the world, ‘within’ in the ‘relationship’ case, while it thinks about the ‘conservative’ banking system of ‘society’, which won’t allow it, and deny the acceptance, ‘existence’ and ‘flourishing’ of the new concept may be. Still, similar to bitcoin blockchain, eventually people (both the cases), understand that there is nothing wrong with it and it could be a beneficial proposition for everyone. The level and quality of acceptance started enhancing slowly and gradually.
Inside the blockchain or the relationship, as soon as the acceptance gets increased, new blocks of emotions, plans, value, and intimacy start getting added. The blockchain starts getting vast and prosperous. The decentralised feature, helped a lot in getting it more containing and broad-scaled.
Then came the ‘Ethereum Whitepaper’ by Vitalik, for the first time in the relationship, the contribution of friends seemed to be a vital part, as an ‘initial coin offering’ is, for the ‘Ethereum’. These friends, actively participating and contributing whatever they could for the betterment of the relationship. A whole new concept of ‘Initial Coin Offering’ has been introduced. Another stage of relationship gets unlocked now.
Emotions, involvements, and intimacy, soon started getting multiplied and a multi-dimensional universe started taking a shape with ERC20 standards introduced to develop the Ethereum blockchain, indifferently. There comes the introduction of ‘definitions’ and parameters’ in a relationship. Things start getting monotonous and on an anticipated, pre-perceived track. The ‘decentralised’ excitement and adrenaline rush of the ‘single blockchain’ gets lost somewhere.
The relationship becomes a ‘public ledger’ and anyone could start a ‘new blockchain’ on his own, by following the set pattern. The suggestions and advice start getting welcomed by the ‘relationship’ already. Now like the blockchain, ‘dedicated’ nodes are the people who belong to the ‘well wisher’s creed’ and sincerely wish the blockchain, or relationship to flourish. However, ‘attackers’ are the ‘jealous ones’ or the ‘break-up designers’ to be precise. In a relationship, as soon as the ‘attackers’ become dominant and ‘outnumber’ the dedicated ones, a ‘51% attack’ for their ‘mean’ motives, get successful. If the blockchain or relationship has true dedicated nodes around, to fight back the attack and make sure the ‘attack’ gets pushed back, ‘much harm’ gets avoided and the blockchain or relationship gets more strong than before.
The blockchain, being ‘very alive’ as a relationship, could not stop ‘evolving’ just there. The concept of ‘editable ledger’ comes through and the relationship gets defined by both the ‘involved ones’ anytime they wish to, on their individual and voluntary ‘consent and will’ without discussion and mutual understanding. No one minds it, and it is considered as another development in the ‘evolution’ of the relationship. In the name of ‘space and freedom’, the relationship starts getting ‘voluntary’ instead of being ‘distributed equally’ as an earlier blockchain principle.
Then came the reign of, the capability of ‘reforms to be suggested’ and ‘developable governance’ where suggestions could be made and get noticed by the mutual consent, it has been decided, whether the reform will be an ideal step to be taken, and a beneficial change to be made or not. A relationship, with so much of talking, about how to go with the ‘relationship’ itself, proves that everything has become ‘unreal’ there now.
Now, have been through the timeline of the blockchain and too, the timeline of a relationship. There are different stages, twists and then there were different ways of establishment and expansion or development. On the timeline, each time a new feature or a new ‘kind’ of development gets increased, the world changes. everyone starts following and feels it in his/her own respective way.
If it is about the personal preference, I would say if I were capable of stopping the timeline somewhere, I could have done it right at the first step, the bitcoin blockchain and also at the very first stage of the relationship. Nothing else, for both, could be more exciting and satisfactory.
Evolving Blockchains and Different Steps of a Relationship: Complex was originally published in Data Driven Investor on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.