Three For Me

Submitted by ub on Sun, 11/08/2015 - 09:44

I am the third of three siblings, I live in apartment number 3, I could go on, but you probably get the idea.
My lucky number is three. It is said that in Chinese culture, number 3 people have strong personalities. We possess mystical abilities and a powerful creativity. With an instinct for art, we prefer to create the sense of beauty in life. We people are sociable and talented at convincing others that our own view on life is to be easygoing and contented.

Also, we have a magnetism that inspires a secure and peaceful atmosphere. We have a high self-esteem and will do everything to gain the attention of others. However, we're more likely to be conceited and refuse to face the reality when disappointed like a spoiled child. My life lesson is to learn to listen to others. JOURNALISTEN

We have the potential to be a star because of their versatility and excellent social skills. As open and friendly, we have many friends. Our talents in creating inspiring and romantic atmosphere make us popular in all situations. Besides, we are enthusiastic and have the capability to encourage stymied people to move forward.

However, in the eyes of other people, we seem be a conceited person because we are self-centered and like to boss others around. We are also endowed with good arguing skills, but in most cases, criticize others too much.

Chinese tradition considers Three a lucky number. There was once a man in Beijing paid $215,000 for the lucky mobile numbers of 133-3333-3333 in 2004. The first is not 3 because all mobile numbers in mainland China begin with 1. It is believed that groups of 3 in Chinese culture are even luckier. It has a meaning of more than two, many and several. For example, Confucius said: ‘Three people are walking together; at least one of them is good enough to be my teacher.’ A Chinese proverb goes that “The wisdom of three ordinary people exceeds that of the wisest individual.” Here Three means not only the exactly number, but also ‘many’ abstractly. So as in ‘San Shen Wu Ling’ (San is 3) and ‘Bing Dong San Chi’. The former means repeated orders, and the latter describes similarly that Rome wasn't built in a day. In some cases, Three represents a boundary, for example, ‘San Jia’ means the top three in a race, competition or examination. And ‘San Fu’ refers to the three periods of hottest days in a year when it is used to talk about weather.

Three has its origin in Confucianism and Taoism. It stands for Heaven, Earth and Human being; philosophically, ‘Tao’ means friendly and agreeable in disposition; good-nature and likable among the above three elements. In Chinese tradition, the phrase ‘San Huang Wu Di’ (Three Emperors and Five Sovereigns) generally refers to all emperors of ancient China. Besides, much wider uses of this number can be found in Chinese culture, concerning proverbs, history and common sense:

1. Three Character Classic (Chinese traditional enlightening book)
2. Three visits to the thatched cottage of the great sage, Zhuge Liang (a well-known story that Liu Bei asked for a talented assistant in the Three Kingdoms Period 220 - 280)
3. Three Kingdoms: Kingdom of Wu, Wei and Shu
4. Three Gorges of Yangtze River: Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge
5. Three Great Halls of Forbidden City in Beijing: Hall of Supreme Harmony (Taihedian), Hall of Central Harmony (Zhonghedian) and Hall of Preserved Harmony (Baohedian)
6. Three Sages in Chinese History: Confucius, Lao Tzu and Mo-tse
7. Three Emperors: There are many versions, among which Fu His, Nue Wa and Shennong is the most popular.
8. Moral Guidelines: Courtiers are obedient to emperor, son obedient to father and wife obedient to husband.