(Imported from my old weblog November 26, 2003)
Since most of us haven't had and perhaps won't have a taste of working in a company, here's a more general and relevant interpretation of the story.
Very much applies to poor people of our poor nation. Someone has worked very hard to convince a generation (or a few generations) that standing up for oneself means a lot of misery, persecution and death. It becomes an almost genetic property of a complete society to think of itself as basically inferior and crippled.
In someway or the other, they feel deep down that whatever good comes out of them is due to the dependence on some external entities. Doing good stuff all by yourself is good. But doing it under the auspices of some bonafide guys is better.
Our predecessors are those who have been there from the times when they all used to be sprayed with misery and persecution when a handful of courageous guys tried to deny misery and dependence. In those times, you would get rewarded for being spineless, sycophant, corrupt and a traitor. They are also the ones who pass
on that insecurity to us.
Now we guys feel that we are essentially spineless, corrupt and imbecile. That knowledge of our own character is from the wisdom of our elders to which we give
more importance than to our own sense of reason. Our lack of confidence surfaces in a variety of ways. We want to go away to US. We want to have at least one degree from abroad. We want, in the least, to spend at least a couple of years outside so that we can earn some money, and then come back and serve our poor country! Ha!
We are all monkeys who are injected with a genetic fear of reaching out to the banana. That banana, for us, is the prospect of proving that we, as a nation, are capable to work hard and be confident. Without needing to look for the charity
that's ridden with dishonest feelings and vested interests. To be towed by the leader of a race is not the first step towards winning the race. That perpetualises the fact that we will always be dragged around on beaten paths. The first step towards winning a race is the act of standing up, and to run!
Just a musing that was. Guys, don't mind!
> This one is brilliant.....read on ..it makes lot of sense!
> Put eight monkeys in a room. In the middle of the room is a ladder, leading
> a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling.
> Each time a monkey tries to climb the ladder, all the monkeys are sprayed
> ice water, which makes them miserable. Soon enough,whenever a monkey
> to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed,
> upon him and beat him up. Soon, none of the eight monkeys ever attempts to
> the ladder.
> One of the original monkeys is then removed, and a new
> monkey is put in the room.
> Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wonders why none of the other monkeys
> are doing the obvious, but, undaunted, he immediately begins to climb the
> ladder. All the other monkeys fall upon him and beat him silly. He has no
> why. However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder.
> A second original monkey is removed and replaced. The newcomer again
> to climb the ladder, but all the other monkeys hammer the crap out of him.
> This includes the previous new monkey, who, grateful that he's not on the
> receiving end this time, participates in the beating because all the other
> monkeys are doing it.
> However, he has no idea why he's attacking the new monkey.
> > One by one, all the original monkeys are replaced.
> Eight new monkeys are now in the room. None of them have ever been sprayed
> ice water. None of them attempts to climb the ladder. All of them will
> enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tries, without having any idea
> "AND THAT'S HOW ANY COMPANY'S POLICIES GET ESTABLISHED".