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5 Monkeys

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5 Monkeys - Artwork made by Peter Zaza Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey would go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, all of the monkeys are sprayed with cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result; all the monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, none of the monkeys will try to climb the stairs. Now, put away the cold water, remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he would be assaulted. Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusism. Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then a fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs he's attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they're participating in the beating of the newest monkey. After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana. Why not? Because, as far as they know, "that's the way it's always been done around here." And that is how government policy is maintained.

Video Details

Duration: 1 minute and 55 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 313
Posted by: cdf83 on Jul 6, 2011

Start with a cage containing 5 monkeys.... this story illustrates how human society keeps doing the same things over and over again because - "that's the way things have always been done around here".

Artwork and Music Produced by Peter Zaza

Special thanks to David Dees for the use of his poster in this video

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