Yesterday my Internet modem lost it’s mind – literally! It just started talking to itself and nobody else. Not me, not my computer, not the Internet, not Earthlink, and not Brighthouse. It was unplugged from both electricity and its cable several times and left to ponder the error of its ways for many, many long minutes, and still it continued in its lunacy.
So, this morning it was carted off to the modem asylum for perpetually reconditioned modems to be tweaked and spanked and sent out to harass somebody else. Me, I have somebody else’s deranged monster calmly waiting in my library, busily passing data through its tiny little mind while it considers when and how it is going to sever my jugular vein, the epitome and purpose of an electronic life.
With the leak in the roof and the suicide of the modem, I’m eagerly (not) awaiting for the next catastrophe, for we all know everything happens in sets of three, bad and good.
This is a very old superstition, which mainly centered around deaths coming in threes, but today encompasses just about everything. The origin of the superstition is unknown, but the origin of the mystical usage of the number 3 are easily discerned. Nearly every religion or spirituality uses this number: Most pagans acknowledge a three-fold Goddess (Maiden, Mother, and Crone), Christians have Father, Son and Holy Ghost in the New Testament, and God’s Word, Spirit and Wisdom in the Old, Hindus have Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer or preserver, and Shiva the destroyer, Buddhists have the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha), and Taoists have the Three Pure Ones (The Jade Purity, The Supreme Pure One, and The Grand Pure One). In Judaism, we find the Three Patriarchs, the Three Pilgrim Festivals, and three sections of the Hebrew Bible.
In most numerological systems, three is held to be a stabilizing number; thus, once three events of a similar kind have occurred, mental stability is achieved and the psychological playing field is leveled and reset.