Someone sent this in an email to me this morning, and it was too good not to post up. The heading? “Sounds a lot like church.” After you read it, ask yourself: why do you do what you do, and don’t do what you don’t?
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 set of
stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and
climb toward the banana.
As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all 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 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 stairs. To his
shock, all of the other monkeys beat the stuffing out of 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, replacing it
with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs 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
stairs he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him up have
no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. 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 stairway for
Why, you ask? Because in their minds… that is the way it has