I got this from a catalog a friend gave me called Controversial (I have the address if anyone wants it), but I thought it was very interesting. I know most of you are “thinkers” anyway, but thinkers love to think more, so here is some good reading!
A SIMPLE LESSON IN MIND CONTROL! Start with a cage containing five apes. In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. Before long, an ape will climb up the stairs to get the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all the apes with cold water. After awhile, another ape makes an attempt with the same results – all the apes sprayed with cold water. Repeat this procedure a few more times and turn the water off. If later another ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes – in order to avoid dousing – will try to prevent it, even though the main has been shut off and no water can be sprayed. Now remove one ape from the cage and replace him with a new one. The new ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise, all the other apes attack him. After another attempt and attack he knows the banana is off limits. Next, remove another of the original five apes and replace him with a new one. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm. Again, replace a third original ape with a new one. This new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well. Three of the five apes that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they participated in the beating. After replacing the fourth and fifth original ape, all apes which have been sprayed with water are gone. Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs. Why not? Because that’s the way it’s always been!” That is how organizational behavior is indoctrinated into social/corporate policy and a culture becomes entrenched. So simple to understand what is happening to us when we know how the “controllers” use simple psychological tricks to make us jump through their hoops. But it’s time we put a stop to this. After all, we are not apes! The tools that renders their tricks ineffective is Knowledge. It is the biggest fear of exploiters that their victims wake up to their bluffs.