Murphy’s Law and the Realities of Human Experience


I wish someone had shared these insights with me decades ago. That said, I doubt if I would have appreciated them then.

First, Murphy’s Law: “If anything can go wrong, it will.”

Mrs. Murphy’ comment: “My husband was an optimist.”

The Corollaries of Murphy’ Law:

1: Nothing is as easy as it looks.

2: Everything takes longer than you think.

3: If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.

4: Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.

5: Every solution breeds new problems.

6: It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

7: Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.

8: Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

9: Matter will be reduced (or damaged) in direct proportion to its value.

Murphy’s Warning: No matter how hard you try to apply this wisdom, you’ll fail and probably make a bad situation even worse.

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