Let the wind whither outdated companies and systems and topple the remains. Post a plaque to note the advance – remember the high-water mark. I am allowing you permission to not fund my fond remembrances. Mighty generous, eh? How bout we let passion preserve things and ideas as launching pads to the next creative idea?
Funding and taxes for saving things (for the children, and the American people, etc.) means that someone has a vested financial interest in an entity that wasn’t smartly upgraded. It also means that someone stands to lose a lot of money with imminent failure. Desperate to preserve status and income and ego we appeal to the base. Safe move . . . in the short term. But this is at the expense of the resources and talent that are tied up in sustaining a smoking hulk.
Let it break so that we can learn.
Don’t drive a stake through old ideas and systems, or humiliate and disparage them. Move them on to a hospice setting and honor and revel in their once mighty hold on our consciousness.
Like watching the Rolling Stones trying to ‘rock’ at 60-years plus. What was brilliant and jagged at one time is now just painful. Listening to a VCR, click and drag through its moving parts is fascinating in a Mr. Wizard kind of way. But let’s be absolutely coy about this: Everything we love has earned it in some way, but this thing we love has also earned a life cycle. It is difficult to allow things to shatter. Who does not want comfort and predictability?
Where are the crocodile tears at the beginning of a struggling start-up? Where is the stress to preserve some brilliant young idea that is still years away from weeping nostalgia?
Natural selection – causing heritable traits that are helpful for survival and reproduction to become more common in a company or system, and harmful traits to become rarer. This occurs because companies or systems with advantageous traits are more likely to reproduce, so that more companies and systems in the next generation inherit these traits.
– with props to Charles Darwin, for the modification