Murphy’s Law

Edward Aloysius Murphy Jr. was an American aerospace engineer who worked on safety-critical systems. He once said “If there’s more than one way to do a job, and one of those ways will result in a disaster, then somebody will do it that way” working at Wright-Patterson Air-force base in late 1940’s, which later was popularized as Murphy’s law. He spent his life working to increase reliability and safety to prevent human error. Overall, it is statement of caution, to prepare yourself for the worst, when the best is expected.

Strangely enough, I noticed that people from both lazy-pessimistic and active-optimistic lifestyles use this quote in their own way. “What has to go wrong will go wrong anyways! Why care about it?” and “If there is something that will go wrong, we need to account for it and at least understand it!” are the most extreme thought examples to support my theory. To the core of its strangeness, human society has remained tolerant of some weird thoughts, but more importantly extremely silent about them as well. The society reveals what it shows, but believes what it does not. So, Murphy’s law might be unknown to some of you, because it is just a saying with no proof, but since the bigger chunk of population is stuck with the 9-5 grind, so Murphy’s law is synonymous with unknown glitches with any kind of work. Ultimately, quoting Murphy’s Law becomes the verbal hunter of all the nervous feelings of unknown failure to shove them deep inside and never to reveal. It makes us believe that the universe a.k.a. nature is out there to get us, so we should not fuss over something that was out of our control and try to learn from it. When I stumbled upon a cool proof recently, I had to write about it.

The most common story capturing Murphy’s subtle rant is of the tumbling of a toast with butter on one side that tumbles down to the floor. It is believed that it always falls butter side down. The toast when tumbles, somehow always falls in the worst condition possible. Robert A J Matthews, who was a visiting professor at Aston University in Birmingham U.K., in 1995, wrote a paper on the proof that the tumbling toast does fall butter down every time. He did this by proving that the dynamics of the toast with butter on one side while it is falling from the table always make it fall butter down. Robert Matthews now works as a consultant in Science and Media across the whole world.

Interestingly, he further goes on to prove in this paper that nature’s or universe’s fundamental constants (like height of an average table from where the toast can tumble which is dependent of average human height) are somehow helping the toast to fall butter down and proving the ‘innate cussedness of the universe’. But the important take away is that as humans, we are supposed to be intelligent enough to not to keep cursing the Universe and find a solution to the problem.

This is for everyone who thinks that the world out there is to get you. This paper, if extrapolated to other human situations, might prove that the world is really out there to get you! But, as humans, we like to stay on top of our life. Ultimately this tussle with the fundamental universe’s constants becomes life! or one may preach ‘ignorance is bliss’ and let the toast fall butter down with not a care! To each his own!

P.S. Nietzsche, a German Philosopher, believed that Struggle is the essence of life. If you are not struggling with something, then you are either on a break, or doing something wrong.

Tumbling Toast Proof




“Faith is subjective. It is subjective to what you let yourself to believe in. You can believe in a Godly existence without physically experiencing it. You can believe in your friends, peers, mentors, siblings, parents and even in your pets. What matters is, you get to hear what you want to hear!”

To me, all the phenomenal entities titled “Gods” or “Sons/ Daughters of Gods” were really wise and intelligent beings who had the ability to think ahead of their time and they devised simple ways to keep the lesser educated/ less wise/ average minded population to stay in peace, love and away from danger. They wrote the “holy books” to define how they thought the society should function in order to create more harmony and love among us. They gave their views on all walks of life – Leadership, Family, Parenthood, Social Causes of their time and matters of the mind and heart. But remember, they never preached! In my personal opinion, their devising of simple ways to make the average population follow them in the time when science was unavailable to simplify the understanding is what caused the communication gap for generations to come. Also, adding to this realization that common folks could be controlled easily with religious beliefs being blown out of their simple form and presented as “unexplained feats” made the rulers of that time take advantage of religion and preach it in a way that satiated the guilty conscious minds of the people to be ruled.

These holy men never preached their teachings, they presented themselves as teachers. These teachings were molded according to the requirements of these rulers with the passage of time. I think religious holy books needed to be updated as the time changed, but that was not done because the rulers started owning and manipulating them. I think everything needs to be updated with time. If a laptop was used only by a few upper ruling class capitalistic society jerks, a huge general population would have easily led to praying in front of these gadgets. But science and freedom of knowledge has led to this plethora of amazingly phenomenal inventions and discoveries being made available to common average human population which makes most of us understand how these gadgets/ commodities work and hence we are not are as amazed by them as we are with the religion we follow. If the same laptop was not updated with respect to time and life’s need and evolving nature, we would never had made such great advancements in such less time in many fields. We are literally disposed to using a vast variety of software to develop products ranging from a safety pin to the cars that drive themselves. Imagine if nobody really knew how these cars are developed, and they were available to only a privileged few, others would consider these as magical vehicles.

But let us not forget how amazingly blind faith works. If you have anxiety, stress or a situation where you feel helpless, you always run to the person or entity you have faith and belief in. The society was knit with the religious wool for so long that these religious beliefs actually make us feel good, if we were made to believe in them as a child. If we were too rebellious as a child and/or our parents were already atheists, then we might have faith in something or somebody else which we have a better understanding of. The point being, faith works wonders, no matter what you believe in! So, stop judging and get on with your own beliefs.  But then if humans would not judge, how will they satiate their gossip appetite. Anyways, the observation that hurts me is that there are still some sects/ groups which carry on this old aristocratic tradition of making people follow blind faith (read without reasonable explanations) to their own benefit. They make it a business of sorts.

An easy way to differentiate a business form of a faith from a true form is to notice if this faith is being taught or preached!

No wise and intelligent being with the slightest intention of only good would ever preach!

Humans tend to follow a herd and so buying the initial set of humans and making them market your beliefs to sell them to a wider market of human population is what works these days.

Also, a few unexplained feats (easily possible with the help deep scientific research) and a few fabled stories of your spiritual success, and we have a new “Son of God” preaching his ultimate teachings!

I do not mind different philosophies of different saints these days, unless they grow so power hungry that they preach until it is down your pie hole!

But again, it all boils down to what you really want to hear, deep down!

You want to hear that everything is going to be alright, everything will fall into place, your life would be perfect, if you performed some rituals!

I know taking a dip in the holy Ganges in India would not make your conscious clear of sins, but I can imagine that in the very old times, when the Ganges was not polluted at all, the passersby would have had an amazingly phenomenal experience taking a dip in it. And not knowing the science of how this took away their tiresome thoughts, they must have considered it a holy river. Adding to the water it must have provided for irrigation (the main occupation of most humans at that time) and how fertile the lands around this river would have been. To summarize, update your beliefs with time.

Your life would be close to perfect if you ever read the Murphy’s Law – “things will go wrong in any given situation, if you give them a chance,” or more commonly, “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.”

You cannot control the doings of so many beings around you, which basically leads to what happens to you. But you can keep an eye out for everything you are responsible for. Just what you are responsible for! But now we cannot get everyone to follow a perfect routine, can we?

So we end up having these hiccups in the daily life we like to call fate!

We like to blame, because it kinds of absolves us of our own shortcomings!

But if everybody became perfect, how would we ever define the good from the bad? And then the one who chose to do wrong in this situation, will surprise us to our guts, as we would never have had anticipated even a drop of sin!

The balance of all kinds of energy in this universe is mysteriously (read beyond our understanding because it is just too much data to simplify) maintained by nature. We do understand the micro events and exchange of energies because science has given us the power to do so, but we always tend not to extrapolate it just to get a wider vision of fate!

It is important to have all kinds of energies (read good and bad) because if only white light took over, it would blind us to the beautiful night and the stars!

“A leap of faith can also lead you into a ditch! But have you ever spent a lot of time in a ditch? It could be interesting in its own way if you kept your heart and mind open!”

A couple of poems (in Hindi and Urdu) to further exfoliate my feelings:


“Ganga dhaam par snan kiya, Yamuna nadi ka paani piya, chaaron teerath darshan kiya,

to kya mil gayi tujhe mukti? Dhul gaye tere paap?

Ek dharrale main tu phir, Ban gaya sabka baap?

badal gayi teri soch, lag gayi naiya paar?

Sachai se aankh churakar shuru kiya prachaar?

Ab matki tere paap ki, jab phirse lagi hai bharne!

To gao mata ka mutar peekar shuddhi lagi tujhe chadne?

Baba ji ki sharan main jakar naye challe banvayega?

Janam patri ki gatha sunkar apne log gavayega?

Jai Shri Krishan, Insha Allah, samay tera bhi aayega!

Wahe Guru, Isa Masi milkar tujhe rulayega!

DHONGI hai tu tere Dhong ki soch kaun paltayega!

DHONGI hai tu tere Dhong ki soch kaun paltayega!”


“Aasmaan se khoon baras raha hai! Aansoon ankhon se sukh chuke hain!

Ibadat ka sahara to le lete, Par Khuda ke naam par hi katleaam hai!

Us vakht ko yaad karte hain, jab Vakht ki ahmiyat baaki thi!

Insaan ki Insaaniyat barkaraar thi!

Aur Khuda ki Khudai ISHQ*E*HAQIQI thi!

Ab to bas ISHQ*E*MAJAAZI hai, aur kaartooson ka karvaan hai!

Woh door se nazara dekh hanste hain!

Ki kitna aasan tha insaan ki ROOH ko MAILA karna!”

P.S: These are just my thoughts! Read, Enjoy, Hate, Love or do whatever with them, Just do not absolutely believe them! You got to understand them your own way, if you want to! Perception, to each his own!



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