The Phenomenon of 3's

innate knowledge Humanity has an interesting habit of thinking, speaking, referring, and reflecting on notions and items that exist in constellations of 3.

Most religious stories employ the use of constellations of 3 - notably there are 3 Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Within each, the constellation of 3's appears in many instances. In Judaism the awaited third temple, in Christianity there is the constellation of "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost", and one sect of Christianity - Catholicism - employs the "Three Hail Mary's" to absolve sin, and There is the story of the Three Magi. There is also the Body, Soul and Super-soul, as well as the three modes of material nature (goodness, passion and ignorance), and three types of Faith of the Bhagavad Gita, and so many more references to constellations of threes in religions.

The constellation of 3's is significant to human consciousness in other ways - Sigmund Freud hypothesized the tri-partite model of the mind - the "Id, Ego and Superego" (interestingly - Freud did not himself say this or use these terms - this was a failure of translation and the concepts are quite different from what he proposed) in his true tri-partite model of mind.

In Shakespeare the constellation of threes appears often - the three daughters of King Lear, the
three witches in MacBeth. Shakespeare himself was claimed to have three Professions that he was famous for - Poet, Playwright, and Actor.

Threes appears also in one of the favorite Christmas tales written by Charles Dickens - "A
Christmas Carol."  This story is told and retold each December to Western audiences, a story in which the curmudgeonly character of Ebenezer Scrooge meets with three spirits in the night.

Marketers claim that giving people information three times helps to induce purchasing behavior, or they will offer three point information bulletins to give advice or sell marketing information itself.

Essays in Academic writing have three parts - the Introduction, Body, and Conclusion.

Bad luck comes in threes. The mythic "Genie in the bottle" grants three wishes.

And many of the "great" epic stories or novels are trilogies. Among the best known are those by
Isaac Asimov, J.R.R. Tolkien, William Faulkner, William S. Burroughs and Douglas Adams to
name only a few.

These constellations may seem trivial, except that when we begin to take notice, we see them in
an exceptional number of our stories.whether those are oral or written. Of course there are other numeric references and so the constellation of threes is not the only one - but it is a highly used
and repetitive constellation that appears in many of our grounding stories. By grounding stories
what is referred to are the stories that are more or less standards of many cultures, and are
perennial - being repeated constantly over many years or decades or centuries,  or they are repeated at significant time(s) of the year such as the many Christmas stories.

The study of threes is also a subject of cognitive numeric neuroscience, scholars study the constellations in Greek Mythology for one example -  Plutarch's three women who are the Fates -
the Moirae, there are also the three Gods of Greek Mythology of Zeus (god of the sky), Poseidon
(god of the sea), and Hades (god of the underworld) - and countless other examples and instances
of threes throughout the spoken and written stories of humanity.

What is it about threes that compels and captivates the human mind - that it recognizes? Is there
an explanation for this phenomenon?  The answer is yes, it is an invention of the human mind and
an expression of it, hence it is surely something the mind can tell on itself to explain the compulsion
to use threes. In other words, humanity does not use threes for no reason, humanity uses them for
a reason and they do something for us or we would not use them.

The question is - what is our affinity for this constellation of 3's?

More to come.

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