International Journal of
Educational Administration and Policy Studies

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Educ. Admin. Pol. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6656
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEAPS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 227


Murphy’s Law: Is it right or is it wrong?

Atty. Edmund S. J. Lopez
Pasig City, MetroManila, Philippines.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 11 May 2013
  •  Published: 30 September 2013


It was in the early ‘80s and I could still vividly recall when I eagerly picked up and bought a book entitled “Murphy’s Law”. Holding the pocket book securely in my hand, I then asked myself, “What is in this book that made it an international best seller? Actually, I heard about this book from my friends who were praising to high heavens the truth that was being spread around by the author. I didn’t know who Murphy was and what I read from the book was that Murphy was a keen observer of life and he came out with a set of practical rules that governed his life. His famous dictum was: “If Anything Can Go Wrong, It Will.” Like a siren call in the book “Odyssey”, I was mesmerized by the message that Murphy was conveying and I just accepted it, hook, line and sinker. Who would not be swayed with the convincing examples that Murphy gave? In fact, I could even experience the truth of the message and they were happening around me in my daily life. That message was even supported by an oft mentioned adage: “Expect the best but be prepared for the worst.”