Found on the internet, author unknown…
If you start with a cage containing five monkeys, and inside the cage you hang a banana on a string and then you place some steps under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the steps and climb up towards the banana. Seems logical enough.
But, as soon as he touches the steps, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result… all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the steps, the other monkeys will stop him.
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 attempts to climb the steps. To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the daylights out of him.
After another attempt and another attack, he knows that if he ever tries to climb the steps again, he will be very sorry.
Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the steps and is attacked. And the previous newcomer enthusiastically takes part in the punishment – because he is now part of the “team”!
Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by a fourth, then a fifth. Every time the newest monkey approaches the steps, he is attacked.
Remember, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they themselves were not permitted to climb the steps, anymore than they know why they are willing participants in the beating of the newest monkey…
Finally, when all of the original monkeys have been replaced, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water. And yet, not one of them will try to climb up the steps for the banana.
Why, you ask? Because in their minds, that is the way things have always been!
And this, my friends, is how politicians operate…
And this is why, from time to time, all of the monkeys need to be replaced simultaneously!
Something to think about -JG.