Everyone's heard of Murphy's Law: "Whatever can go wrong, will."
Of course, it's usually meant as a joke. But really, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Think for a moment about all the things that could easily go wrong every day on a large scale, but don't:
Millions of people in multi-ton vehicles travel for many miles at high speeds within a few feet of each other -- and arrive at their destinations without a scratch.
Billions of pieces of mail travel thousands of miles to countless different destinations -- and arrive in the specific mailboxes they're intended for.
Drivers approaching blind curves on a two lane road count on anyone coming the other way being in the other lane. And they are.
And when we plug our newest appliance into the wall outlet, the electricity we're counting on is right there.
Of course there are exceptions. In a nation of this many people - most in a state of constant activity - perfection is impossible.
But when you stop to consider it, the social contract we've all agreed to actually works pretty darned well. And dwelling on the statistically tiny number of snafus is the mark of a true pessimist.
I'm no Pollyanna. But if Murphy had really known what he was talking about, his law would actually read: "Whatever can go wrong...hardly ever does."