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The Lesson of the 5 Monkeys
22-03-2008, 01:49 PM
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The Lesson of the 5 Monkeys

We begin to learn the lesson of the five monkeys by putting five monkeys in a cage and in the cage hang a banana on a string and put stairs leading up to it.

Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the monkeys with cold water.

After a while, another monkey will make an attempt at the bananas; again spray all of the monkeys with cold water. Keep this up for several days with every attempt at the banana.

Now we turn off the cold water and observe.

If, later, another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it even though no water sprays them.

Now, remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new monkey.

The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Replace the third original monkey with a new one. The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well. Two of the four monkeys that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing the fourth and fifth original monkeys, all the monkeys which have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs.

Why not?

“Because that’s the way it’s always been done around her

Haydon

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22-03-2008, 06:24 PM
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Huh




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24-03-2008, 08:56 AM
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I've heard this story before - it's a martial arts parable.

I think the message behind it is that we should question the reasons why society demands that we behave the way we do, even if we face resistance. Unfortunately, most people are like the monkeys and will assume behaviours and viewpoints without question simply because that is the popular way. Those who deviate from the accepted path are generally victimised.

Hmmm, profound.
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24-03-2008, 02:10 PM
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I don't think it's profound, it's just an old tried and tested parable that some people who think they are 'enlightened' can waffle about and massage their meagre egos.

I loath preachers.

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24-03-2008, 06:27 PM
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Tigereye Wrote:I don't think it's profound, it's just an old tried and tested parable that some people who think they are 'enlightened' can waffle about and massage their meagre egos.

I loath preachers.

Lol TE. Big Grin

I was being sarky. It's hardly a new message.
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30-03-2008, 06:21 PM
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Oi leave my banana alone or I'll get my mates to have you...












btw - I hate bananas so that experiment wouldn't work with me

The ironic thing about life is that no one gets out alive...Huh
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