Buddha say, “Just Because Monkey See, Don’t Mean Monkey Do!”

This is my spin on a post by fellow blogger, Jason Wells. I enjoyed it so much, I thought I’d share it. Hope you enjoy it too. For those interested, the original post can be found here: The Lesson of the Monkeys. Take care! Eee! Eee! Eee!
A group of despots, clergymen, politicians, academicians, scientists placed five peoples monkeys in a cage and in the middle of the cage they placed a ladder with their hopes and dreams of happiness, liberty, prosperity, freedom and equality a bunch of bananas at the top.
Each time the people sought peace and prosperity a monkey attempted to climb the ladder to retrieve the bananas, the pedagogues and demagogues would incite discord the scientists would soak the other monkeys with cold water.
After centuries of strife numerous soakings the people monkeys began to viciously attack each other any other monkey that attempted to the climb the ladder.

Eventually, no one dared to hope and dream no monkey dared to climb the ladder regardless of the temptation. The despots scientists then decided to replace one of the leaders monkeys with a new leader another monkey.
The new leader monkey immediately attempted to climb the ladder and the people other monkeys immediately attacked it. After several assaults, the leader new monkey realized it could not climb the ladder without being attacked even though it didn’t know why.
Another puppet, leader monkey was replaced and the result was the same; with the first puppet replacement now participating in the assault on the second. This event was repeated until all the people in the world every monkey in the cage had been replaced.
The world final group now consisted of peoples five monkeys that had never gotten soaked with cold water, but who continued to attack each other any other monkey that sought justice and liberty for all attempted to climb the ladder.
If it were possible to ask the people monkeys why they attacked each other any other monkey that attempted to climb the ladder, the answer would probably be: I don’t know – that’s just the way of the world how things are done around here.
The word that describes this phenomenon is known as filiopietism – the act or practice of revering or venerating ones predecessors, their beliefs and traditions; often to excess and usually without ever understanding why. I suppose when monkeys do it they’re just being… well… monkeys. But when people do it we’re being… well…. hmmm?
“Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. — The Buddha (c.563 – c.483 BCE)
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