homeorhesis! New word for me to describe I concept I thought ought to have a word – and it already does.
“For a dynamical system, homeostasis can be viewed as sustaining internal stability. In contrast, homeorhesis is the natural tendency of a living organism to continue its evolving development, albeit being possibly different under different environmental conditions. For a dynamical system, homeorhesis is viewed as maintenance of order and normalcy in the state trajectory under internal and external disturbances by avoiding a potential chaos. “