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Old 02-04-2012, 08:16 AM   #1
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Psychology 101

If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage hang a
banana on a string from the top and then 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 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 crap 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 the third original monkey with a new one, followed by the
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 the banana.

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

This, my friend, is how Congress operates... and why, from time to time, ALL
of the monkeys need to be replaced at the same time.

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Old 02-04-2012, 09:17 AM   #2
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Great analogy. I normally stay away from political threads but I like this story.

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Sorry, don't agree. None of us evolved from monkeys. Some are smarter than others. Some can do a good job - keep them.
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Great analogy! Something to think about when others give advice.....
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:23 AM   #5
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Sad but true! Not only the congress but I see this "tribal " response taken by the follows in many aspects of our society.It probaly gives them a false sense of sucurity in this scary world.
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You've hit the nail on the head, but it won't ever change because once the monkeys are in there, they are hard to replace, other than one at a time. If you could just replace them all at one time...then true change could take place.
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Yea, and they pee and spit on you as you go by.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:03 AM   #8
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Hi Folks,
We all know we are facing the most crucial challenges we have ever had to face as a nation; and this being an election year and the politically charged nature of the election, posts such as this will only lead to closure. They are not good for the forum and are against the rules.

Thanks for you understanding.

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