Out of the hundreds of analogies I saw these past few weeks, one stuck with me. A nurse emailed saying that she used to work with a lot of geriatric patients. And one day she was talking to a man in his late-80s about marriage and why his had lasted so long. The man said something like, “relationships exist as waves, people need to learn how to ride them.” Upon asking him to explain, he said that, like the ocean, there are constant waves of emotion going on within a relationship, ups and downs — some waves last for hours, some last for months or even years. The key is understanding that few of those waves have anything to do with the quality of the relationship — people lose jobs, family members die, couples relocate, switch careers, make a lot of money, lose a lot of money. Your job as a committed partner is to simply ride the waves with the person you love, regardless of where they go. Because ultimately, none of these waves last. And you simply end up with each other.
Blockchain is a groundbreaking technology that has proven radical value in real applications in industry over a relatively short time. In the over 25 years of my software technology career, I’ve seen no other technology platform approach such power and promise as blockchain and cryptocurrency other than the Internet itself. The combination of decentralized secure and provable state along with system currency features provides unique capabilities that when considered holistically, stand alone among competing technology. That is, it is wrong to consider blockchain vs. database or blockchain vs. caching. One needs to consider the full capability of the platform and how dissimilar applications and services may use a subset of the common platform capabilities to their benefit and interoperate in ways not possible today.