Submitted by BluesBass on Mon, 06/14/2010 - 4:56pm
An experiment on social behavior was conducted in which five monkeys were put into an empty room with only a ladder in the center of the room and some bananas hanging above the ladder.
Naturally, the monkeys tried to climb the ladder to reach the bananas.
Whenever one monkey got on the ladder and started to climb, the scientists sprayed all the monkeys with water. This continued until the monkeys learned and stopped climbing the ladder.
Next, the scientists took one monkey out and put in a new monkey who had no association with the experiment before this point. As that monkey saw the bananas and tried to climb the ladder, all the other monkeys attacked that monkey and wouldn't let him climb the ladder. None of the monkeys got sprayed, and the newcomer learned 'the rules' rapidly.
Next, another newcomer was brought in, and another of the original five monkeys was removed. Again, the newcomer was left with the other monkeys, and again the newcomer learned 'the rules' quickly.
This was repeated until the original five monkeys (the ones that had been sprayed) were all removed and only the newcomers remained. Still, the monkeys would not let any monkey near the ladder.
Why did the monkeys not climb the ladder to get the bananas? Because it was the way it had always been done.
Why don't politicians want to vote to legalize the herb? Because it's been illegal as long as I can remember, why should I change that?
Think about it.