Remember “Ironic” sung by Alanis Morissette? An old man wins a lottery and dies the next day…. Death row pardon two minutes too late… ouch!
Ok something less severe then, like being caught in a traffic jam when you are already late….
Could this song have been the embodiment of Murphy’s law? Way before Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard wrote the song, the infamous famous law had already been born.
Quoting , Wikipedia, in my estimate, an online reference as popular as Google is for search:
Murphy’s law emerged in its modern form no later than 1952, as an epigraph to a mountaineering book by Jack Sack, who described it as an “ancient mountaineering adage”:
Anything that can possibly go wrong, does.
The start of the actual reference read as follows:
The perceived perversity of the universe has long been a subject of comment, and precursors to the modern version of Murphy’s law are not hard to find. For example, an American newspaper in Norwalk, Ohio printed this verse in 1841:
I never had a slice of bread,
Particularly large and wide,
That did not fall upon the floor,
And always on the buttered side.
Perhaps, these folks just didn’t know about, or if known to them didn’t practise or wrongly practised the power of positive thinking. You think? Maybe it’s just a state of mind?
Pardon the uninitiated, my understanding of the power of positive thinking is that it requires you to will and believe whatever positive change you want in your life. Want it, trust in your positive “claiming” of it and get it.
A variation of the same theme, at least for me, is something that I heard of recently and that is the Laws of Attraction. Based on my understanding of what was explained to me, you can attract into your life whatever you think about. For example, think really hard about say, a handsome man for your boyfriend and the positive energy from that will attract the said man to you. Apparently, there was a live example of that illustration too.
For both of these, the responsibility of making real your belief, is yours. Does that mean then, the converse is true too? Bad things or unattractive incidents happen to us because we willed negative things on ourselves? Therefore, hypothetically, the old man rightly attracted the lottery winning to himself but negative thoughts claimed his life.
I understand the value of thinking positively and to remain optimistic despite our circumstance as it might influence the choices we make. Perhaps, it is the difference between being a couch patato whining about the hand life has dealt him or her, versus a fighter, butt off the chair and a fighting spirit to chase after what he or she wants, to make things happen.
But that’s just it… isn’t there “circumstance” that we have to deal with? I mean how do we explain the less positive things that happen? We wished for it too strongly? … Illness. Rape. Muggings. Calamities from natural disasters. Retrenchments… ? But wait a minute, we are only supposed to have positive thoughts. Surely, we would not have willed bad things to happen to us. We love ourselves too much. So how did all the positive energy turn bad?
What about foetuses? Are they capable of willing positive thoughts? There are sadly, stillborn births. Babies born with congenital defects or physical disabilities. What of that? Or was it less than positive parents?
I am not in a state of mind to list other possible lapses to the power of positive thought. Maybe if I were more positive and magnetic I could attract the aberrations. No… not apparitions… that’s for another positive post. Boo! :p