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Old 09-01-2014, 08:35 AM   #1
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Psychology 101

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 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 monkeys with cold water.

After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result -- all the 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 -- because he is now part of the "team."

Then, replace a 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.

Now, 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, not one 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 been!

This, my friends, is how the House and Senate operates... and this is why, from time to time:

ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME !
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:51 AM   #2
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I don't think I have ever read a better explanation of how our current congress operates. They no longer know the why, but unfortunately neither do they care to find out.
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Great analogy, Joe! Thanks for sharing! \ken
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You forgot one part. When the monkeys beat the crap out of the other monkeys, they get a banana.
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In our case, one half of the monkeys keep beating up the other half, and hog all the bananas.......
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Joe that was very insightful. Now we put to bed all the other ideas about how congress works.
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Joe that was very insightful. Now we put to bed all the other ideas about how congress works.
Is that insightful as in inciting a riot?
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Good reading!
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Liked it! Agreed with it, have always said it, just not as succinctly!
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MSHappyCampers, you guys respond to many of the threads. You are always respectful and insightful. I wish we had more members like you. I would like to meet you sometime in our travels. Thanks for all you do!
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ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME !
One problem, the majority of voters have also become used to the way things have always been done so they keep voting the same way. Over and over and over again. Must be they like the same old monkeys.
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MSHappyCampers, you guys respond to many of the threads. You are always respectful and insightful. I wish we had more members like you. I would like to meet you sometime in our travels. Thanks for all you do!

Thanks for the kind words Phil! We're hoping to hit the road fulltime around the first of the year for a trial run, depending on when we can lease the house. Maybe we'll meet up somewhere!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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That is simplest and and most accurate explained function of our government I have ever seen or have read . This should be required reading in all schools ! I enjoyed reading it and had a good laugh . Thank you .
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