- Positive: An unexpected benefit also known as luck or serendipity.
- Negative: A unexpected side effect in addition to the desired effect.
- Perverse: An intended solution which exacerbates the problem that the action was intended to correct.
Inasmuch as Murphy allows only for perverse outcomes, we must assume that he was an optimist.
Life is far too complex for anyone to fully master their little corners of it. Thus, isn't it better that we avoid centralized control wherein the unintended consequences of decisions affect society at large? I am perfectly willing to suffer the fate of my own decisions. I'd rather not suffer their mistakes, too. How about you?