Are we a bunch of Monkeys?

August 24, 2011


If you start with a cage containing five monkeys, and inside the
cage you hang a banana on a string from the top and place a ladder under the
banana, before long a monkey will go to the ladder and climb toward the


As soon as he touches the ladder, you spray all the other monkeys
with cold water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same the
result … all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon
when another monkey tries to climb the ladder, 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 ladder.
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 ladder he will be


Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it
with a new one. The newcomer goes to the ladder 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 ladder he is attacked.
Most of the monkeys beating up each new monkey have no idea why they were not
permitted to climb the ladder. 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
five monkeys will ever have been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, none of
the monkeys will try to climb the ladder for the banana.


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


my friends, is how Congress operates … and is why, from time to time, all of
the monkeys need to be replaced AT THE SAME TIME!


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