Saturday, June 16, 2007

Are you then the same?

I can’t deny the truth of this experiment carried out by UK. I myself even experienced the same thing while working in the library but soon enough, I manage to clarify most of rules and regulations in the library. Sometime, human are lazy to even find out why but just follow blindly….. I am wondering, how come nobody ever does that whenever they hear God’s word….

(This is based on an actual experiment conducted in the UK) :
Put eight monkeys in a room. In the middle of the room is a ladder, leading to 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 with ice water, which makes them miserable. Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempts to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon him and beat him up.

Soon, none of the eight monkeys ever attempts to climb the ladder. Then 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 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 idea why. However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder.

A second original monkey is removed and replaced. The newcomer again attempts 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 by ice water. None of them attempt to climb the ladder. All of them will enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tries, without having any idea why.

*..................and that is how most companies' policies get established.*

Sometimes, it feels like this at the workplace. Employees just do certain procedures because others are doing the same....without knowing why they do them and whether what they have been doing all along can be improved or changed. They say it’s the policy. At times, it feels it's just the standard practices that have been passed down from employee to employee. Nothing else.

6 comments:

Lin ^ ^ said...

Haha... Remind me of the other same story... not monkey, but crab... Exactly the same plot...

But the moral that i get from that is a bit different... It's more toward, when u r about reaching the top, there's always people who try to pull u down... =P

In your case, that one is called as "monkey see, monkety do" Haha

- @ 3.3 @ - said...

=..=" Cis.. Now taking me as monkey la... Cheh.. Don't like u la~ Hehehe...

Welcome to the world... Everything is ugly... Hahah.. Regardless of where I am.. I will still see something which are stated in the bible... The most scary things in the world that ppl always seek... Money, power /status and sex. Trying my level best to not fall into either one of them... But I know I will still fail in some area as I am still human and human are not perfect....

Da, still remember? I am nobody, nobody is perfect... Hahaha.. =P

牛步千里 said...

Hi, the past days...you like Boa

recently..Boa composite Music Video see....天上智喜 The Grace song "yet again OK"

And suddenly i came up with your blog...

have a nice day~~




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ωϊΪΪϊαm §öö said...

Hi.. Liked the analogy of monkeys in the cage. I blogged about it in http://printf.wordpress.com/2007/06/18/monkeys-in-research/.

Take this as a pingback.

- @ 3.3 @ - said...

牛步千里: Is it? Is the song nice? Hahah... Yeah I like her songs... Some are really nice =)

I heard a Korean song lately and it's really nice. I don't know the name nor the singer of the song though... Heheh.. I will post it in the blog later.. Then you let me know if u know the song =)

William: Hahah... Didn't know u even put it in your blog.. =)

- @ 3.3 @ - said...

I can't play the flash that you send me... What is that BtW?