That's How Things Are Done Around HereEver asked yourself why we continue to do what we are doing if there is a different way out there?
A group of scientists placed 5 monkeys in a cage and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on the top. Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water. After a while, every time a monkey went up the ladder, the others beat up the one on the ladder. After some time no monkey dare to go up the ladder regardless of the temptation.
Scientist then decided to substitute one of the monkeys. The first thing new monkey did was to go up the ladder. Immediately the other monkeys beat him up. After several beatings the new member learned not to climb up the ladder, even though never knew why. A second monkey was substituted and the same occurred. The first monkey participated on the beating for the second monkey. A 3rd monkey was changed and the same was repeated (beating). The 4th monkey was substituted and the beating was repeated and finally the 5th monkey was replaced.
What was left was a group of 5 monkeys that even though never received a cold shower, continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder.
If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they would beat up all those who attempted to go up the ladder....Probably the answer would be: 'I don't know-that's how things are done around here.'
Does it sounds familiar?
juliana9 26-30, F 15 Responses 24 Jun 15, 2012