I’m fascinated by the number 3. In numerology, the number 3 is often times called “the heart of humanity.”
We all know about the significance of things in threes. Below is an infinitesimal example of some things grouped in threes.
What is it in our humanity that is drawn to threes? Why is there a beginning, middle, and end? Why not a first half and second half? Why three-act plays? Why ready, set, go? Why not ready, go? Who made the rules?
We seem to want the rhythm of threes. They feel right.
Even in ancient times, groups of threes were important. 3 Wise Men, 3 Gorgons, 3 Greek Fates.
Religion: In Christianity, we have the Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In NeoPaganism/Wiccan, there is Maiden/Mother/Crone.
And how do we know there are only three parts to the personality (id, ego, super-ego)? Maybe we quit looking because we hit the “magic” number.
Groups of three are also popular in literature and popular culture like movies and plays. 3 witches in MacBeth, 3 Coins in a Fountain, 3 Days of the Condor. 3 Musketeers, 3 Faces of Eve, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. King Lear had 3 daughters. Why not 4?
Nursery Rhymes: 3 Blind Mice, 3 Little Kittens Lost Their Mittens, 3 Men in a Tub.
We also love stringing 3 words together in our adages and sayings: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth; Of the People, for the People, by the People; Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil; Veni, Vidi, Vici. And who can forget that famous line, “Snap, Crackle, Pop?”
Yep, we love our threes.
Why did I write this? I’m working with a trainer and she always has me do three sets of the various circuits. Believe, I’d be good with two! But, no, it’s three. SIGH.
Arguably, threes are important to our rhythms of language, culture, and creativity.
What do you think?