Tuesday, September 04, 2007

You See, You Do, S/he Sees, S/he Does .....

Life is not easy but we must go on. I had this story in my e-mail and it's true in its application. But the unfortunate part is that's how the world is. Jabber, chitter, chatter, but have seen very few who actually get to the root of what s/he is saying. Knows each word and sentence that goes out of the quill, the pen or the touch of a key board. But then I am talking of an utopia if that's the case. So here it goes..

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 of the other monkeys with cold water.

After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the 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 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 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 have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are 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, my friends, is how any firm/company/organization/party policy begins. But what bemuses me is that even with these singultuses, the world moves. Isn't it true ? But it's very important to know the HOW and WHY ? . I am neither aware of all the know-how's of anything or everything nor have I mastered any particular area to the core, but the sprint is on and so is the attempt.

Keep reading and remain connected.

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At 2:56 PM, Blogger Pranjal said...


Good piece! Thanks for sharing.


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