Get That Banana


 

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I remember taking a sociology class back in college. In that class, the professor had mentioned a study ( I don’t recall what it was called or who did it) about monkeys put in a cage with a banana just out of reach, to see how hard the monkeys would try to get the banana.

One monkey was put in the cage at first. After a few attempts, he gave up. A second monkey was introduced and tried to get the banana, but his counterpart would try to pull him down; he had already tried to get the snack and failed, so instantly he knew this new monkey wouldn’t reach it if he hadn’t. Additional monkeys were introduced and the same reaction was repeated. No monkeys got the banana because they gave up after being told by the other monkeys they couldn’t get the banana.

What does this tell us about society? That everyone is an asshole, and if  you want the banana, get the damn banana. Don’t let people convince you that you aren’t worth the banana.

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