Apr 26, 2011

Psych 101: The monkeys and the Ladder

 If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage, hang a banana on a string from the top and then you place a ladder under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the ladder and climb toward the banana.

As soon as he touches the ladder, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result ... all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water.

Pretty soon when another monkey tries to climb the ladder, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put the cold water away.

Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the ladder. To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the ladder he will be assaulted.

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

Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the ladder he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the ladder. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

 Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the  remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water Nevertheless, none of the monkeys will try to climb the ladder for the banana.

Why, you ask? Because in their minds... that is the way it has always been!

This, my friends, is how Congress operates... and is why, from time to time, ALL of the monkeys need to be replaced.  --unkn via email

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