Give up the thought of creating a product that is fixed in time. We are in a world of forever beta. Constant emergence, constant improvement, constant change. And speedy too, faster every day.
Fast Forever Beta…some technology, Tesla, babies, young children, people with open minds and a willingness to remain curious
Medium Forever Beta…older children, some people who seek change consciously, companies like Facebook, the pharmaceuticals, weapons systems, entertainment..
Slo..o..o..w Forever Beta…most people, most relationships, most businesses, housing, our economic system, our governance system, our transport system, our energy systems, our education systems, politics, most countries, our health systems…(True, some things need to be in slow forever beta to maintain health and stability. Thankfully the rotation of our planets, the movement of the earths crust…these things are in slow forever beta. however…most of our human systems are in slow forever beta at the cost of our comprehensive health.)
Does this tell a story?
For a start, when you put a Fast Forever Beta together with a Slow Forever Beta the dissonance can be too great and the ensuring chaos could well result in breakdown or break apart.
Two people in relationship going at different speeds for long periods of time do not generally enable a healthy relationship.
Communities and tribes going at different speeds are likely to blow apart or collapse.
Being mindful of the different speeds of change is an intelligent design feature that many fail to account for.
If we do not build faster Forever Beta into many significant aspects of our lives the systems literally become dinosaurs.
And we are surrounded by dinosaurs.
We now have the technology to build fast Forever Beta as a matter of habit. The accelerated acceleration of our technological pace of change requires an accelerated acceleration of our human biological systems to keep up. (Which also means that we need to factor in requisite recovery time as a priority or our biological systems will collapse = Slow Forever Beta.)
I find it strange that we seem to accept fast forever beta with young children, knowing that they change and grow so quickly…yet at some point we expect our children to reach a place where they stay the same…become predictable. And we get mad when our children or our partners do not conform to our expectations and be the same as they were yesterday.
Our technological world has lead the way in Forever Beta. Version #1.0 is released, and the minute after release version #1.1 is in progress. We like this about technology, when things get better and better.
However, when our partner comes home and says he has a new version of himself, fear grips us. Will we like the new version? Will the new version like us? Will we think that the new version is better and better? How will we relate? Is our partner changing when we are not?
There in lies the dilemma! We have to learn to live in constant feedback of Forever Beta in order to keep up with each other.
We are all addicted to the predictable in places in our lives. I do like to know that I can go to my bedroom at night and sleep in a warm bed. However, I know that when I do travel, the experience of the unpredictable is what makes travel so great. The Forever Beta of travel gets me out of the rut…… and the rut is like a slow sleeping sickness. I don’t know I am in it until I am thrown out of it by change. While I may not like the change, or find it comfortable, it keeps me alive and in motion.
And Forever Beta is just that. Alive! Moving, responding, adapting..learning..
Our world is heaving under the constraints of stuck systems. Be sure not to be one of them. And when your partner comes home in version #6.7, crack the champagne.
*the original version of this post was published in 2009
Photo taken January 11th 2021