The Monkeys and Bananas Experiment
An experimenter puts 5 monkeys in a large cage. High up at the top of the cage, well beyond the reach of the monkeys, is a bunch of bananas. Underneath the bananas is a ladder.
The monkeys immediately spot the bananas and one begins to climb the ladder. As he does, however, the experimenter sprays him with a stream of cold water. Then, he proceeds to spray each of the other monkeys.
The monkey on the ladder scrambles off. And all 5 sit for a time on the floor, wet, cold, and bewildered. Soon, though, the temptation of the bananas is too great, and another monkey begins to climb the ladder. Again, the experimenter sprays the ambitious monkey with cold water and all the other monkeys as well. When a third monkey tries to climb the ladder, the other monkeys, wanting to avoid the cold spray, pull him off the ladder and beat him.
Now one monkey is removed and a new monkey is introduced to the cage. Spotting the bananas, he naively begins to climb the ladder. The other monkeys pull him off and beat him.
Here’s where it gets interesting. The experimenter removes a second one of the original monkeys from the cage and replaces him with a new monkey. Again, the new monkey begins to climb the ladder and, again, the other monkeys pull him off and beat him – including the monkey who had never been sprayed.
Let’s try to apply this experiment to our modern world.
How many times have you found yourself doing things behind which you haven’t personally found a reason for doing so? Maybe it’s something as innocuous as us replying with “You’re Welcome” when someone says “Thank you”. (Read more on this here)
Slightly dabbling into religion, we find many people mindlessly chanting prayers without the slightest idea as to what those sentences mean (All the while feeling immensly ‘holy’).
Not questioning authority and practices is something that’s hammered into us rather heavily as we grow up. Certain truths forced upon us without ever being questioned as to whether they are as ‘true’ as they claim to be.
A lot of good comes out of questioning things in your life. Studying all the benefits we arrive at the conclusion that in essence, there are some amazingly damaging things in our lives that we take as ‘normal’ and ‘true’ which we don’t even realize are slowly poisoning our growth and general happiness in life.
Question everything about yourself and the world around you. Learn, apply, grow.
See the world in a different light.
Shawn Kenneth Fernandes