Because I Care ~ CONDITIONING
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 go to the stairs and start to climb
towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs,
spray all the apes with cold water.
After a while,
another ape makes an attempt with the same result—
all the apes are sprayed with cold water. This continues
through several more attempts. Pretty soon, when another
ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes all
try to prevent it.
one ape from the cage and replace it with another.
The new ape sees the banana and wants to climb the
stairs. To his horror, all the other apes attack him.
After another attempt and attack, he knows that if
he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.
another of the original five apes and replace it with
a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is
attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the
punishment with enthusiasm. Again, replace a third
original ape with a new one. The new one makes it
to the stairs and is attacked as well. Two of the
four apes that beat him have no idea why they were
not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are
participating in the beating of the newest ape.
the fourth and fifth original apes, all the apes,
which have been sprayed with cold water, have been
replaced. Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches
the stairs. Why not? Because that's the way they've
always done it and that's the way it's always been
that is largely how people follow religion.