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Be careful what you wish for

I play an online game. Sometimes, I get bored due to a lack of action. At such times, I wish something would happen. Actually, these wishes have a habit of coming true. Quite often, however, their fulfillment turns into problems (for me) rather than in solutions. Hence, my blog title.

According to various sources, the original phrase is: Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true! Medium-2019: “The origin of this saying is Aesop’s Fables, the world’s best known collection of morality tales (circa 260 BC).” Note: bold marking and URL’s in quote by LO.

The fulfillment of human wishes does not make any logical or rational sense, unless you believe in a “link” between individual and universal consciousness. Once you believe in universal consciousness, then our prayers to a deity (eg, Ahura MazdaAllahGodShiva, Yahweh) make sense.

Fairy tales even warn us for making wishes to a genie, locked in a bottle (eg, 2022 film Three Thousand Years of Longing). Moreover, “The three wishes joke (or genie joke) is a joke format in which a character is given three wishes by a supernatural being, and fails to make the best use of them.” (Wiki)

“In fiction a wish is a supernatural demand placed on the recipient’s unlimited request. When it is the center of a tale, the wish is usually a template for a morality tale, “be careful what you wish for”; it can also be a small part of a tale, in which case it is often used as a plot device.”


The Wiki definition above only addresses fiction. In my view, prayers to a deity (in non-fiction) are similar to a “supernatural demand” in fiction. Clearly, humans have a deep belief in the supernatural; also see the many related TV shows. Once you believe in it, you will be careful and may even fear it.

Fear is a human manipulator that is frequently used in Politics and Religion. Both those beliefs are in the Power domain of the 7 Belief systems (ie, 2015 original vs 2019 update). Our religious texts (eg, Bible, Quran) argue that our deities are full of love for humans. That’s what I prefer to believe.

“It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without heart.”

A quote by Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Wish You Were Here (1975) by Pink Floyd
band, lyrics, video, Wiki-band, Wiki-song

How I wish, how I wish you were here
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fishbowl, year after year
Running over the same old ground, what have we found?
The same old fears, wish you were here

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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