Bad Things Come In Four

I’m sharing this article as my civic duty, to inform those persons who may be unaware of a change in a law of the universe. When it changed, or how it changed, I know not. I only know that it has changed. Although we were once subject to the law that Bad Things Come in Three, we must now accept the indisputable fact that Bad Things Come in Four! Perhaps we can blame the change on cosmic inflation or an ever-expanding universe. It only makes sense. It’s clearly evident that expansion is at play! In twenty years, it’s most likely that bad things will come in five! The cause truly doesn’t matter; only that we that we’re aware of the change.

Why is this so important? Because we wish to live an orderly life, one in which we’re aware of the facts and live by them. To stumble about, ignorant of the laws of the universe, would not only be silly but potentially dangerous! We want to be educated and clear-thinking individuals.

If you’re curious about the time frame under which these bad things must occur, the formal rules are nebulous, at best. This part of the law has never been clearly defined. The period could be twenty-four hours to the minute; loosely based around a period of several days; or even stretch to a week or more. The main point is that the bad things must truly be bad (think severed limbs, overflowing toilets, flat tires on freeways, and–now 4th–neighbours from hell). If no such bad things are available to count, it’s permissible to include matters that might otherwise be viewed as trifling (think smucked in the face with a cream pie). Again, no hard and fast rules exist; discretion is required.

Disbelievers in this law should be cautioned to proceed at their own peril: for the law is operating whether they accept it as fact or not. The situation becomes quite dire; for by and large, the masses are unaware of the change. So many unsuspecting people may be going to bed at night, thinking that all is well and fine (having counted their bad things up to three), only to later learn that the fourth bad thing was left uncounted! What tragic fate may befall those people who are ignorant of the law? We may all do our part by advising two friends–who tell two friends.

So, at least the readers of this article are safe, for now you know the truth: Bad Things Come in Four! Please read it, know it, and commit it to memory. When looking for the bad things, it’s imperative to know precisely how many bad things to expect. It’s all about being educated and aware. Realize, too, that if there’s a shortage of bad things in our immediate vicinity, we may lift our gaze and focus upon the horizon until some bad things show up there! Invariably they will, and we may include them in the count and rest easy.

And now, we arrive at the serious part of this tongue-in-cheek article. It lies within part of the verse from Mathew 7:7: “Seek and ye shall find.” What does it mean? It basically means that people find what they’re expecting to find. For those bent on finding the bad—be that in threes, fours, or fives–they shall aim their attention toward that intention, and such will, for them, become a self-fulfilling prophecy. I’m pleased to report, however, that the opposite is true. There’s a lesser-known saying, one of which many people are unaware: Good things come in innumerable quantities! By seeking the good, and being grateful for the goodness that surrounds us, we discover even more! The change occurs within us, not the so-called external world.


This post was originally published four years agon on my personal blog at

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,


Copyright © – 2022 – R. Arthur Russell

10 thoughts on “Bad Things Come In Four

  1. I truly think humor/satire is the best way of making a point. As Mark Twain said, “Humans have one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”
    Great post.

    1. Hi Bob,

      I agree that humor/satire can definitely be an effective tool for making points. Thanks for taking the time to comment and also share the quote by Mark Twain!


  2. I like the conclusion of your post: Good things come in innumerable quantities! By seeking the good, and being grateful for the goodness that surrounds us, we discover even more! The change occurs within us, not the so-called external world. beautiful article!

      1. Hi Wynne,

        I’m glad that you also liked the conclusion of the post! Yes, to good news! 🙏


    1. Hello Cristiana,

      I’m glad that you liked the conclusion of the post! Thank you for taking the time to comment! 🙏


    2. Exactly what I was thinking. I remember reading somewhere that our thoughts become our actions and we only expect bad things, consciously or otherwise it will happen. Hence, we ought to dwell on the good which is so much easier.

      1. Hello Parikhit,

        Thank you for taking the time to comment. I agree. Yes, dwell on the good! Wishing you a great upcoming week! 🙏

  3. It sure does feel as if bad things come all at once doesn’t it?! Reality is that we just feel overwhelmed when things don’t go as planned. Love the thought provoking here!

  4. Hi Lashelle,

    I agree that it can definitely feel that way, but we can also deliberately choose to focus on that which went “right” admidst all that went “wrong”–the beating of our hearts, our breath. Thanks for taking the time to comment! Your farm area looks wonderful!

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