The Magical Number Three


ThreeIn grade school we were all told how important math was going to be when we grew up. How we could never be a functional member of society without knowing how to calculate quadratic equations. Well, we were lied to. However, there was one useful thing we learned that you may have overlooked—the number three. I know what you’re thinking. “What is so special about the number three?” Hello! All good things come in threes.

Just think about it for a second. When you used to read books in school, there were always groups of threes. Goldilocks ate three bowls of porridge, sat in three chairs, and fell asleep in the third bed in the house of the three bears (not to be confused with the musical dynamic duo, 2 Bears). I can keep going: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs in their three little houses, Aladdin and his three wishes.

If you are not yet convinced about the mystical power of the number three, I did some research, which is college talk for Wikipedia. The number three is also revered in many different religions. For example, the Christian Holy Trinity says that God has three roles as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Also Jesus was tempted by the devil three times and there are three epistles of John. Maybe you follow the Hindu religion; well, in Hinduism the three cosmic functions or Trimurti are Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer. There are three ways to understand the end of birth in Buddhism through the Triple Bodhi: Budhu, Pasebudhu, and Mahaarahath. If you are really into Vikings, Norse mythology believes there will be three hard winters, Odin suffered three hardships, and Bor had three sons. The one I have found the most interesting is the Wiccan Rule of Three in which the energy you put into the world will be returned three times whether good or bad. In other words, if you do something just a little bad, karma will come back and get you three times over and vice versa for positive actions. Moral of this blog, even the smallest things like a white lie or a seemingly insignificant number can be a very powerful thing.

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