Story#1 – Because that’s the way it’s always been done.

I really enjoy little stories/fables/etc. So I’m going to start posting the ones I come across. And I might re-post a few of my old ones as well. So that they are on their own and not coupled into a rant or whatever else.

Put five apes in a cage and in the middle of a cage, place a set of steps. At the top of the steps hang a banana. When the first ape starts up the steps, shoot all five apes with ice cold water from a fire hose for five minutes. When the next ape starts up the steps, do it again. That’s all you’ll need from the fire hose.

When the third time an ape starts up the steps, just wait. The other apes will beat the hell out of the ape. Now, replace one of the apes. He’ll start up the steps. Wait, and the other apes will beat the hell out of him. Repeat the process, one by one, until you have five ‘new’ apes in the cage. They’ll never let one of the apes up the steps. And if you were to ask why, the answer would be simple:

Because that’s the way it’s always been done.

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8 responses to “Story#1 – Because that’s the way it’s always been done.

  1. Oh man…I love this. I heard it a few years ago and never forgot it…hahaha. Also known as the makings of corporate policy 🙂

  2. Amir: corporate policy! hahah so true!

  3. Oh, someone posted this in Urdu a few days back. He called it ‘society’

    I hope you carry on posting little stories you come across. Sounds like a series to watch out for!

  4. What if when all the apes are sleeping, one wakes up and heads up the stairs?

  5. Trust Liya to have the illuminating thought!

    Ya, “that’s the way it’s always done”. I wonder if this test has been carried out in reality though.

  6. Specs: haha, yeah ‘society’ it is. And thanks, I hope so 🙂

    Liya: …are you starting to take after some of your smart-alec students?

    Mezba: don’t encourage her 😛

  7. liya liya liya…what we gonna do with you? You see the crazy ape that gets up to go against the grain in the middle of night will be subject to hazing when it is sleeping one night. Poor poor monkey.

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