Status Quo – That’s how it is done here
The story goes that a number of scientists put five monkeys in a chamber and in the centre places a banana on top. The scientists soaked the rest of the monkey with cold water, any time one of them goes to the banana. After a while, the monkey began to beat any of them who goes up to the banana. After a while, none the monkey dared to go to the banana again. The scientists then decided to substitute a new monkey in the enclosure. This new monkey didn’t take time before he went uo to the ladder to get the banana. Immediately, the rest bounced on him and gave him the beating of his life. He never went there again. A second monkey was and substituted and the same thing happened. It happened also with the fourth and fifth monkey. By this, think what is now left in the enclosure are a group of monkey that never witnessed the cold water treatment. They just would beat any new monkey that would climb the ladder because they have always seen it done.
Assuming the monkeys were asked why they beat up anyone that climbs the ladder, their answer would be: I don’t know, but that’s the status quo here.
The question for us today is: Is what we are doing the only way to do it? Is there nothing different we can do, or are you told it’s the tradition?
This question is not to spark an attack on tradition but to make people look beyond what they consider as status quo. At times, if we do not to questions those things, we would be like these monkeys that considered their ineptitude as status quo.
In life, we are born with the desire to ask a question and try out new things. But as we grow up, society begins to tell us no and no too many things. These end up forming our consciences and on the negative side begin to make us lose our creativity. So many people were born artists, but their parents told them that it is a disgrace to the family if they should grow to become an artist. A lot of persons, therefore, desire to become Engineer, Lawyer and Doctor they society have seen them be the educated ones.
Ask questions, understand the story behind every tradition. This will make you appreciate that tradition very well than to just accept things based on the story that it’s a status quo. You are a human, not a monkey.