If you start with
a cage containing five monkeys and inside the
hang a banana on a string from the top and then
you place a set of stairs
under the banana, before long a monkey will go
to the stairs and climb toward the banana.
As soon as he touches the stairs, 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 stairs, the
other monkeys will try to prevent it.
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 stairs.
To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the
crap out of him.
After another attempt and attack, he knows that
if he tries to climb the stairs he will be
Next, remove another of the original five
monkeys, replacing it
with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs
and is attacked.
The previous newcomer takes part in the
punishment... with enthusiasm.
Then, replace a third original monkey with a new
one, followed by
a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest
monkey takes to
the stairs he is attacked. Most of the monkeys
that are beating him up have no idea why they
were not permitted to climb the stairs.
Neither do they know why they are participating
in the beating of the newest monkey.
Finally, having replaced all of the original
monkeys, none of
the remaining monkeys will have ever been
sprayed with cold
water. Nevertheless, none of the monkeys will try to climb
the stairway for the banana.
Why, you ask? Because in their minds...
that is the way it has always been!
This, my friends, is how Congress operates,
and is why, from time to time,
ALL of the MONKEYS need to be REPLACED AT
THE SAME TIME.
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