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The Hundredth Monkey
by Ken Keyes
The Japanese monkey, Macaca fuscata, has been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years.
In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkeys liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.
An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers, too.
This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists.
Between 1953 and 1958 all of the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable.
Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.
Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes - the exact number is not known.
Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes.
Let us further suppose that later that morning the hundred monkey learned to wash potatoes.
THEN IT HAPPENED!
By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them.
The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!
A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea -
Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes!
Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of individuals knows a 'new way', it remains the conscious property of those individuals. However, when one more individual manifests this new awareness, the field is strengthened, a critical mass is reached, and the awareness becomes the conscious property of all. This new awareness is communicated mind to mind.
Is there some magic key that provides a short cut to cultural transformation?
What the research does suggest, however, is that holding positive ideas (as important a step as this is) is not sufficient by itself to change the world. We still need direct communication between individuals, we need to translate our ideas into action, and we need to recognize the freedom of choice of those who choose alternatives different from our own.
"What one believes to be true either is true or becomes true within certain limits to be determined experientially and experimentally. These limits are beliefs to be transcended.
"We stand as a People and Planet, at the threshold of a revolution in thinking that transcends anything that has happened in a thousand years." "I believe that there are powerful reasons for expecting a World change.
The Angel, The Man from Mars, The Orb's, The âpeculiar silicate-associated phenomenon and our Negotiation!
Such a change would, in my view, represent a major revolution How?
The reason is so simple, it will astound you that it can be achieved by just our Love for one another!
Once we understand that single barrier, the plan for a pro-active counter-force falls quickly into place.
This is the missing piece of the puzzle, the ultimate solution we have all been seeking.
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