Thursday, October 17, 2013

Five Monkeys

Imagine a room with five monkeys. There’s a ladder with a banana on top. When one monkey climbs up to get the banana, they are all sprayed with a firehose. Totally unpleasant. The next day one monkey is replaced with a new monkey. Naturally, the new monkey sees the banana and starts climbing the ladder only to be slapped down and beaten by the other monkeys, who don’t want to be sprayed again. The following day, yet another monkey is swapped out, and once again, all the monkeys gang up on the newcomer when he goes for the banana. Now, after five days, none of the monkeys left in the room has ever been sprayed with a hose. Yet, they still claw and beat any monkey who goes for that banana without ever understanding why.

Now you understand congress.

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