Monday, June 29, 2009

Monkey Education

Side note: My new house is still yet to be installed with phone line and Streamyx, so all the posts related to pictures I take with my V3x will have to wait; am now currently utilising office resources to go online and blog at night...
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Scenario 1:

A research group put five monkeys in a cage. There was an escape route available, which a monkey could access by going up a ladder to get to an escape hatch; however, if a monkey got up to the hatch, he got an electric shock and caused him to retreat. Eventually, all the monkeys got the electric shock, and also reached a point where if one of them started to climb up toward the exit the others would grab him and pull him back to keep him from getting shocked - none of the monkeys even got the chance to get shocked any longer.


Then, the researchers replaced one of the original five monkeys with a new monkey. The newcomer at some point would try to head up toward the escape hatch, and the original monkeys would grab him and pull him back down. He eventually learned to do the same with any of the others who started up the ladder. Over time, the original monkeys were replaced with new monkeys one by one. Things continued as above, with the newcomer being being pulled back while climbing the ladder by the others until he learned to do the same thing himself.

Eventually, all of the original monkeys, who had actually experienced the shocks, had been replaced by newcomers, who had never experienced the shocks. But they all still would pull back anyone who tried to climb toward the escape hatch, even though by now none of them really knew why.

The monkeys in the cage were afraid, yet they had never been shocked. They had been told by their peers to fear something, but did not know what exactly it was they were fearing.
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Scenario 2:

Conventional education put hundreds of millions people through the normal route of studying hard and getting a good and secure job. These people will then spend the rest of their lives working for money. There was an escape route available, which a man could build his own business or spend some money in investments; however, every few years, the stock markets would crash and cause economy downturns, and those who build businesses and invest lost all their money and got shocked. Eventually, all the people who put money in their businesses and investments got the shock, and also reached a point where they would warn their children to get a secure job instead of being entrepreneurs and investing because they are risky, if one of the child wants to be a businessman or investor, they would grab him and pull him back to keep him from getting shocked - none of the people even got the chance to get shocked any longer.


Then, the parents moved on and the children have their own children themselves. Their child who didn't do well at school would at some point try to use the escape route, and they would grab him and pull him back down. He eventually learned to do the same with his own children who who wanted to go that path. Over time, things continued as above, with the new generations being pulled back by the others while trying to find his own path to financial freedom, until he learned to do the same thing himself.

Eventually, all of the first generations, who had actually experienced the economic shocks, had been replaced by new generations, problem is, as time moves on, the game has changed. Now, even without building businesses and investing, those who cling on to job security get shocks as well. Look at the layoffs and WFMs all over the world.

The new generation were afraid, yet they had never been through failed investments before. They had been told by their peers to fear something, but did not know what exactly it was they were fearing. And now, even when it becomes apparent that they have to change their ways financially, they still let the same old fear dictates them.
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Now, have you been shocked before? Or are you a monkey that's afraid of a ladder?

Now, do you want to be the monkey in the cage or the monkey that fights off the pulling hands to reach the escape route?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

uh. thanks for thoughts ))