The Rule of Three…

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What’s so magical about the number three?

The Rule of Three is a religious tenet held by some Wiccans as a guideline used to keep people on the straight and narrow; a useful standard to live by.   The number three is pervasive throughout some of our greatest stories, fairy tales and myths. Some of the most famous quotes from throughout history are structured in three parts.

This all comes down to the way we process information.   We have become proficient at pattern recognition by necessity, and three is the smallest number of elements required to create a pattern.   This combination of pattern and brevity results in memorable content, and that’s why the Rule of Three will make you a more engaging writer.

The Survival Rule of Three means means that humans will not survive more than …

  • * 3 minutes without oxygen
  • * 3 hours exposed to extreme low-temperatures
  • * 3 days without water (H20)
  • * 3 weeks without food

Keep in mind though that the survival rule of three is based on statistical data and are approximate times.

The Law of Three fold return

It states that whatever energy a person puts out into the world, be it positive or negative, will be returned to that person three times. Some subscribe to a variant of this law in which return is not necessarily threefold

Rule of three in English writing

This rule suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things.

Rule of Three on Breaking Up

The 3 month rule is the minimum courtesy that one can afford to an ex- BF/GF, before announcing there’s a new one, for consideration purposes.

Rule of three on Human Actions

Our actions effect us on three separate levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual.   This means that before we act, you need to consider how your deeds will impact your body, your mind and your soul.

Law of  Three in a cosmic sense

What you do in this lifetime will be revisited upon you three times more intently in your next life.   Likewise, the things that are happening to you this time around, be they be good or bad, are your paybacks for actions in previous lifetimes.

Hmmmm…. some thoughts to ponder… Watch out… there will be more on the Rule of three…


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