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Is This The Case In Sri Lanka?

November 16, 2006
Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a bunch of bananas on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the bananas. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result — all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the bananas and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and 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! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth.

Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating 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 all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the bananas. Why not? Because as far as they know that’s the way it’s always been done around here.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2006 4:55 am

    funny one. manshark also post this in past. Good to applyn to our country

  2. Anonymous permalink
    November 16, 2006 3:50 pm

    read this one b4. well none of the monkeys attempt and for good reason too. sometimes its important to do things the way they have been done. even if u dont kno why.besides, wats to say monkeys dint talk to each othr?

  3. Sophist permalink
    November 17, 2006 4:52 am

    Good one Chaar Max. This attitude makes me sick at work, on the road, in fact every frikking where I go. I don’t think it’s a problem limited to this country, but the examples thereof are rife here. Sigh. It’s a fucking nuisance that people don’t stop and question their own fuckwitted approach to things in general.

  4. Chaar~Max permalink
    November 17, 2006 6:11 am

    My apologies to Manshark, didn’t see that one coming.

    sophist :

    Where have ya been mate?, I was wondering whether you were busy striking up a deal with Sports Commentary for “Raja FM”. lol

    How come no updates on your page? Going under cover till the Hayman is forgotten? πŸ™‚

    It’s the freaking rat-race I say, everybody is busy running forward (which they think is forward) not knowing why, or whether it’s the god damn right direction.

  5. SpectralCentroid permalink
    November 21, 2006 7:24 pm

    This happens to be a story thats used by my colleagues as an analogy to the typical behaviour of our client. It ain’t funny in real life. (Btw our version says ‘electrical shock’, but actually cold water spraying sounds more practical :))

  6. abeeth permalink
    December 20, 2007 1:30 am

    makes sense. Wow. after all…we evolved from … πŸ™‚

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