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Monkey Business: a parable
Stop me if you've heard this one before...
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You have five monkeys living in a room. One day a banana is placed up near the ceiling, with a ladder to reach it.







When one of them climbs up the ladder to get to the banana, jets in the ceiling douse all the monkeys with ice-cold water.







This process is repeated every time a monkey tries to go up the ladder. Soon enough, in order to avoid the freezing shower, the rest of the monkeys will forcibly prevent any one of them foolish enough to make a move toward the banana.






Then remove one of the monkeys and replace him with another.








The new monkey will naturally go for the banana. To his shock and horror, all the other monkeys attack him. Later he attempts it again, and is assaulted again. He quickly learns to keep away from the banana.






Remove another of the original monkeys and bring in another new one. The newcomer goes for the banana and the others beat him into submission, the next-newest monkey gleefully joining in the punishment.






Keep replacing the original monkeys in this way. Soon you will have five monkeys in the room who have never been doused with icy water, but who all enforce the banana rule no less vehemently for that. If you could ask them why, they'd say something like: That's just the way things have always been done around here!





Note:
I did not make up this story (I wish I had, since I think it's brilliant). I don't know who did originally write it -- it was one of those things that gets passed around via email. I'm sure you could find it on the internet in some form if you searched. I lost the version that was sent to me years ago, but the story has always stuck in my mind, so I've done my best to reproduce it here. Hope you found it enlightening.





Comments

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  September 10, 2010
*sigh* Miss you, Shannon. Hope life is well.
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  April 28, 2010
Cool! And i'm kinda envy cause you have so many monkeys and i have only 1..... But still great job! 10/5
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  October 14, 2009
Wonder what happens if you put a gorilla in?:)
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  January 18, 2009
i wish i at least had 1 monkey
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  October 15, 2008
You don't know it, but I'm nodding my head with my eyebrows raised in well-impressed agreement.
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  August 30, 2008
I can't belive I missed this one. Great job, It reminds of something from Lego Indiana Jones
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  August 15, 2008
One of my favourite stories - it is truly brilliant, and a lovely job of representing this story (and yes, I am still alive). Lee.
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  August 11, 2008
Nice job, Shannon! This concept is sorta like a "trying to fit in" thing right? correct me if i'm wrong, but it's where the one who was attacked will do the same thing to someone else regardless of how bad he felt when it happened to him, and how bad he knows that the other guy would feel, just so he can be part of the crowd. after a while, all of those who have went through an attack, attack others w/o caring just because it's the way they were taught, and nobody had the courage to stand up and tell the others that this tradition of punishment just wasn't right. I think I might have got it, but you'll be the judge of that! Later! ~Sho
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  August 5, 2008
Man,I need to pay more attention to the pages,I completely missed this one! Nice one Shannon-I really like the lesson on this 'in.It kinda reminds me of politics,or girls gym classes,and I don't know why~Roberta
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  August 4, 2008
Nice "parable", but I don't build the same old MOCs...I build wierd stuff...
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  August 3, 2008
Oops, I was in Idaho so I couldn't stop you. =) Though I have heard this before, I think it really needed to get out to MOCpages. A few reasons come to mind but Kelso said it perfectly. Why are we building the same type of MOCs over and over again? I'm getting back into Castle stuff...
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  August 3, 2008
Fantastic allegory; I'll have to memorize this. But I agree with Heather: monkeys without feces are like the Stones without Jagger. (Yes, I just compared Mick Jagger to feces. I'm a Who fan.)
Shannon Young
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Heather LEGO Girl
  August 2, 2008
And not a single poo-throwing monkey joke to be found. I had to be subjected to learning and I don't even get the obligatory monkey feces humor? What kind of world are we living in?!
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  August 1, 2008
Mark, that was funny. Why do we build Halo and Star Wars MOCs? I do find it sad to see how our society works like this. I'll say it again, it is refreshing to see messages portrayed in MOCs. Happy building. C ya~ElNickre
Shannon Young
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Dave Shaddix
  July 31, 2008
So that's why nobody will let me NEAR that Twinky up there...
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  July 31, 2008
I heard that before, and I must say you renacted it nicely! great job and all that gobledeegoop!
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  July 31, 2008
An interesting and fun insight into a behavioral survival mechanism for social creatures. As humans we should have the capacity to question the reasons for our actions; not all of our actions of course, but the significant ones that can deeply effect our lives, the lives of others, and the history of humanity...So it's time to ask the most important of questions: WHY are we building Halo and Star Wars MOCs? Do we really want to, or is that just "what we do?" The fate of us all hangs in the balance!!!!
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  July 31, 2008
nicely done, I have 5 monkeys too by the way, great job on the cage, I know the story, I also got it through e-mail
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  July 31, 2008
I've gotta email my old english teacher about this. I believe I've heard something like this before... People think up interesting things. Good day
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  July 31, 2008
Merry Christmas, Shannon.
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  July 30, 2008
Human civilisation summed up in a MOC with monkeys. Brilliant. Can't help but feel a little depressed though...
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  July 30, 2008
The more you know. ===*
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  July 30, 2008
Definitely a valid point...I know your critiquing some religion or political mindset, but I can't put a finger on it. Maybe a bowl of paste will help.
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  July 30, 2008
Hmm... More monkeys please.
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  July 30, 2008
Dudes, what's your problem??! There's a banana up there! A BANANA! Your MOC took a back seat to the story this time as far as my attention went but the build was great as always. Thanks for the entertainment Young!
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  July 30, 2008
I think I finally have an idea for my next diet. Now all I need now is five monkeys and a wall mounted fridge.
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  July 30, 2008
Pure genius. Honestly, if you had not left the note at the bottom of the page, I would have definitly believed this was your own idea. You have really gotten into monkeys lately, maybe you should change the name of your page from The skunk works to The monk works! (just kidding!)
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  July 30, 2008
We came to this same realization where I work back in the 80's. Now we all can enjoy a banana. I missed the potassium. That story is the same for people. They don't like change and it's much easier to do things the same because that's the way we've always done it. Most people won't think to change something with out being asked to and probably they wouldn't be able to come up with a better solution if they tried. That's why business process consultants make such good money. Half the population is below average. Some of them are your bosses. Some times they are smart enuf to ask for help. garth
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  July 30, 2008
I know this (your moc, not my comment) is supposed to be a commentary on social and cultural norms and antiquated traditions and why we put up with them, so on and so forth. It's a message that few of us stop to think about on a daily basis and how it affects our lives but I just gotta say... the dog pile, er monkey pile, had me laughing my curly tail off! Genius sir. Pure genius. ~ Chris.
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  July 30, 2008
Poor monkeys! I understand that brilliant message that you're spreading across; we are not so different from them (only 2% genetic difference, if I'm not mistaken, but that's not exactly the point). It is refreshing to see important messages portrayed through MOCs. C ya~ElNickre
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  July 30, 2008
I think I've already heard about this experiment, but it's good to see it pictured with a nice MOC. It's an interesting experiment... monkeys and men are not so different, I think it will works with people too... I wonder if you're gonna make other monkeys MOCs, you seems to really like them lol (like in the Chronos project)
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  July 30, 2008
Okay at first I thought this was going to be a monkey version of The Long Sheet, but this is good too. I guess the message is that traditions exist for a reason, and that change is not necessarily the same thing as progress.
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  July 30, 2008
I feel like a scholar. Thank you for enlightening myself.
 
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