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Earn, don't wish

Herbert C. Crumb Jr. New London

Publication: The Day

Published 12/22/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 12/21/2013 10:50 PM

There are old folk tales in which someone is allowed three wishes, but only three. Three seems to be a significant number in these things, perhaps because it is the first odd number, so that it is the smallest decisive number. You know, two out of three wins.

The point is that in these stories, the wishes are of no use. No one ever wishes correctly, which is ancient wisdom to the effect that the satisfaction of our want must be earned. Criminals contradict this value because they take what they want, instead of earning it.

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