The monkeys first instict would be to climb the pole and try to reach the bananas to eat. But every time a monkey climbed the pole, the scientists would shoot the monkey off of the pole with a fire hose.
One by one they were all shot down from the pole and never reached the coveted bananas.
The next phase of the experiment was to replace one new monkey at a time to replace one of the original monkeys in the experiment. They found that when the new monkey tried to climb the pole, the original monkeys would pull the new monkey down. No fire hose was used in this round.
Then when they replaced another new monkey with an original monkey, all the monkeys again would pull the new monkey off of the pole, including the first new monkey who had never experienced the fire hose himself.
It went on and on, replacing monkeys and the monkeys continued to tear each other down until the entire group was replaced with new monkeys that never experienced the fire hose, but continued the habit of tearing each other down.
Hhhmmmm.................I really like this story. I think there is a lot to learn from it. I find it very interesting that the new monkeys so easily accept the negative behavior of the original monkeys and easily join in the crowd. What they say must be true, misery loves company.
Second, why didn't some of the original monkeys catch on that the fire hose was not being used anymore? It was themselves that was preventing anyone including themself to get the banana. It seemed like the value of the banana dissapeared and the pay off was to tear someone down.
Yes, I know, they are monkeys and they have limited thought processes, I can all hear you now telling me. However, have there been moments in my life where I have acted like a monkey and can I not learn from this story? I am smarter than a monkey (well I hope so!)
For myself, I am evaluating, what my bananas are and to stay focused on never giving up on climbing the pole to reach them. Although one experience of trying to reach my bananas had a bad outcome of being shot down by a fire hose (or in my life, uncontrollable events), that doesn't mean that every time I try, there will a fire hose waiting to shoot me down. The other huge lesson is: Dont be the monkey that likes to ruin other monkeys opportunities to reach the bananas. You never know how sweet the taste of success will be for them, and is that not better to see someone else happy besides yourself?