Monkey See - Monkey Do - Reason to Get Rid of the Monkeys

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    In gleanings from today's e-mail, I found this provocative parable:

    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 will go
    to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana.

    As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all the other monkeys with cold
    water. After a while another monkey makes the attempt with same result, all
    the other 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 wants to climb the
    stairs.

    To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the snot 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 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 enthusiasm.

    Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth,
    then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs he is
    attacked.

    Most of the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not
    permitted to climb the stairs OR even why they are participating in the
    beating of the newest monkey. Finally, after replacing all of 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 is the way it has always been done around
    here.

    And that, my fellow monkeys, is how our political system operates - And
    precisely why we need to replace ALL of the original monkeys this November.

    The end.
     
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    Sounds like Fox News, to me.
     
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    No, they use mostly squirrels and lemmings in their illustrations.
     
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    Crackers!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    But seriously, folks - I am trying to adapt your (interesting) monkey experiment to modern day politics, and I'm having trouble. How do the two relate?
     
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    I fear in this parable...we're the monkeys.
     
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    Seriously!

    Seriously I took from the illustration that so much of what our government does is simply because that is the way it is done and most there don't even know why. And anybody who presumes to change it gets beat up by everybody else who have been conditioned to preserve the status quo.
     
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    I saw the two party system...the bananas are the third party and the cold water is sabotaging the mainstream candidate you would prefer as the better of two evils.

    So we continue with the no-choice two party candidates cuz that's the way it's always been done and every time we step on the stairs to vote for Perot or Nader, we get sprayed with the cold water of the opposition winning an election they likely would have lost had there been no third party candidate.
     
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    Interesting Missourian. That interpretation works too.
     
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    That explains your liberal views.
     

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