Monkey Business

by George A. Yesthal

‎*There are five moneys in a cage with a step ladder leading to a lone banana.
*One monkey notices the banana and begins to climb the ladder to get it.
*At this very moment the monitors of the monkeys spray ice cold water on the remaining four monkeys. They do this every time the other monkey tries to retrieve the banana until the four monkeys being sprayed learn that the cause of their discomfort comes every time the one monkey goes for the banana.
*Eventually they attack the monkey going for the banana every time he makes an attempt.
*When the unsquirted monkey learns he will be beaten every time he tries for the banana, he ceases trying and at this point is replaced by a new monkey.
*The monitors discontinue the water torture and replace one of the four attacking monkeys with a new one who has never been squirted.
*Now the majority of the monkeys continue to beat the monkey going for the banana every time he makes an attempt and the new monkey joins in because it wants to be part of the group.
*This process continues and each of the original four beating monkeys is eventually replaced with one who has never been squirted.
*Even though none of the monkeys presently in the group has endured the discomfort of being squirted they still continue to attack any monkey that dares to make an attempt to get the banana. All concurrent generations of monkeys continue the attack behavior not questioning why but following a conditioned response.

The previous is not a story, not an allegory, it is and actual experiment that was conducted in the study of conditioned response and human learned behavior. This is also the way governments can control the general population. You are told “it is the law”, you know from experience or social lore that there will be consequences and you do not question it. Why? Are you a monkey? No. You are an individual with individual’s rights. Do not be so quick to support unjust laws just because your masters tell you that you must. If it is wrong, it is wrong period. It doesn’t matter who tells you it’s right. Most laws on the books today are made for one purpose and that is subjugation. They are made to give the government the authority to remove you if you happen to become inconvenient to them. There are currently over a million pages of fine print in the American Code of Law and that does not include Congressional bills. Add that and you have so many pages that a thousand people could not read through it in their lifetimes so I guarantee you are breaking laws right now.

It’s time to throw out most of those pages of convoluted legal clap-trap and start anew. It’s time to start trusting in each other more and big government less. Stop trusting blindly and start questioning everything. Our government has much to answer for. It’a time to stop monkeying around.

Monkey Business

George Yesthal

Brodheadsville, United States

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