“Eight monkeys were put in a room. In the middle of the room was a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling. Each time a monkey tried to climb the ladder, all the monkeys were sprayed with ice water, which made them miserable.
Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempted to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed on, set upon him and beat him up. Soon, none of the eight monkeys was willing to attempt to climb the ladder.
One of the original monkeys was then removed, and a new monkey placed in the room. Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wonders why none of the other monkeys is doing the obvious. Undaunted, he immediately begins to climb the ladder. All the other monkeys fall upon him and beat him up and he has no idea why. However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder.
A second original monkey is removed and replaced. The newcomer again attempts to climb the ladder, and once again, all the other monkeys hit him too. This includes the previous new monkey, who, grateful that he’s not on the receiving end this time, participates in the beating because all the other monkeys are doing it. However, he has no idea why he’s attacking the new monkey. One by one, all the original monkeys are replaced.
Eight new monkeys are now in the room. None of them has ever been sprayed by ice water. None of them attempt to climb the ladder. All of them will enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who attempts to climb the ladder, without having any idea why.
How many times do we take the time to analyse a certain belief, doctrine or profiling? Most of us are guilty of blindly following a tradition without asking why. This really depicts our perspective on certain issues and way of life. We need to take time off and ask WHY. At times it may not be taken well to question certain things but it is wiser. Get to know why this is right and why this is wrong? Why do I have to do things this way?
Just like the monkeys, we could be losing out on certain opportunities just because we did not take the time to analyse a certain custom. What is it that we are blindly following or have taken as true without proper analysis? It is high time we ask the hard questions. To read more posts by Mercy, click HERE
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