How a paradigm is born

A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage, in the center of which they placed a ladder and, on top of it, a bunch of bananas.
When a monkey climbed the ladder to pick up the bananas, the scientists sprayed cold water on those on the ground.
After a while, when one monkey went up the stairs, the others beat him to it.
After a while, no more monkeys climbed the stairs, despite the temptation of bananas.
So, the scientists replaced one of the five monkeys.
The first thing he did was climb the stairs, from which he was quickly removed by the others, who beat him.
After some beatings, the new member of the group no longer climbed the stairs.
A second was replaced, and so was the first replacement enthusiastically participating in the beating of the newcomer.
A third was exchanged, and the fact was repeated.
A fourth and finally the last of the veterans was replaced.
The scientists were then left with a group of five monkeys who, even though they had never taken a cold bath, continued to beat anyone who tried to reach the bananas.
If it were possible to ask any of them why they beat anyone trying to climb the stairs, surely the answer would be:
– “I don’t know, things have always been like this around here…”
You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to pass this story on to your friends, so that, from time to time, they wonder why they do some things without thinking…

“What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice.”

Albert Einstein

Of homosexuality & prejudices (under the name of God as an alibi!)

Recently, a famous US radio host stated that homosexuality was a perversion: “That’s what the Bible says in the book of Leviticus, chapter 18, verse 22: “You shall not lie with a man as you would lie with a woman: it would be an abomination.” The Bible addresses the issue thus. Period,” she said.
A few days later, a listener sent him an open letter that said:
«Thank you for putting so much fervor into educating people by the Law of God. I learn a lot listening to your program and I try to get people around me to listen to it too. However, I need some advice regarding other biblical laws.
For example, I would like to sell my daughter as a servant, as indicated in the Book of Exodus, chapter 21, verse 7. In your opinion, what would be the best price?
Leviticus also, in chapter 25, verse 44, teaches that I can own slaves, male or female, on condition that they are bought from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans but not Canadians. Could you clarify for me on this point?
Why can’t I own Canadian slaves?
I have a neighbor who works Saturdays. The Book of Exodus, chapter 35, verse 2, clearly says that he must be put to death. Do I have to kill him myself? Could you somehow calm me down in this kind of embarrassing situation?
Another thing: Leviticus, chapter 21, verse 18, says that we cannot go near the altar of God if we have problems with our eyesight. I need glasses to read. Would my eyesight have to be 100%? Would it be possible to revise this requirement in order to lower the limit?
One last piece of advice. My uncle does not respect what Leviticus, chapter 19, verse 19 says, planting two different types of crops in the same field, in the same way that his wife wears clothes made of different fabrics: cotton and polyester. Besides, he spends his days cursing and cursing. Will it be necessary to go to the end of the embarrassing process of bringing together all the villagers to cut my uncle and aunt, as prescribed in Leviticus, chapter 24, verses 10 to 16? Couldn’t one rather burn them alive after a simple private family gathering, as is done with those who sleep with close relatives, as indicated in the Holy Book, chapter 20, verse 14?
I fully trust your help.»

Blog Azimutes

This text was shared back in 2004 but, unfortunately, it is still relevant these days.