Home » Opinion » Stop Being a Political Monkey

Stop Being a Political Monkey

by litfeed
2 mins read

By George Kimando

You may have heard of ‘The 8 Monkeys project’, reportedly based on an actual experiment conducted in the United Kingdom. I will focus on the lessons though.

Eight monkeys were put in a room. In the middle of the room was a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling.

Each time a monkey tried to climb the ladder, all the monkeys were sprayed with ice water, which made them miserable.

Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempted to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon him and beat him up.

Soon, none of the eight monkeys attempted to climb the ladder.

One of the original monkeys was then removed, and a new one put in the room.

Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wondered why none of the other monkeys were doing the obvious, and he immediately begins to climb the ladder.

All the other monkeys fell upon him and beat him silly. He had no idea why. However, he no longer attempted to climb the ladder.

A second original monkey was replaced. The newcomer again attempted to climb the ladder, but all the others hammered the crap out of him.

Interestingly, this included the previous new monkey, who, grateful that he’s not on the receiving end this time, participated in the beating because all the other monkeys were doing it.

However, and important to note, he had no idea why he was attacking the new monkey.

One by one, all the original monkeys were replaced, and eight new ones were now in the room.

None of them had ever been sprayed by the ice water, but none of them attempted to climb the ladder.

All of them would enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tried, without having any idea why.

And that is exactly how very many people behave in electioneering periods like the one currently gripping our country.

If you ask most voters why they are supporting a particular candidate and hate another, they would fumble explaining the why. And i use the word ‘hate’ here deliberately, because majority of Kenyans will not agree to disagree, but hate on the one they don’t support.

There is no middle ground. It’s either their candidate is an absolute angel and the other one an absolute devil’s incarnate, or there’s no discussion about it.

They’ll hate on their families, friends, spouses (yes, spouses!) and faithful brethren, ending and/or jeopardizing very important relationships because of politicians who do not even know them; all because of prejudices learnt over time.

And this is my challenge to you this Sunday.

Take a careful look at your relationships and the people therein, especially those with whom you don’t share a political orientation.

Have the way you relate with them been affected by your different political standpoints?

If it has, find yourself a mirror, take a hard look at your sorry self and start plucking out those monkey traits in you (and i don’t mean biological traits; refer to the monkeys described above). If you have to, give yourself a nice pinch, and perhaps a slap. I mean a self SLAP!

After the elections, you will need those people more than that politician you swear ‘i support damu!’

We must reject negative political and ethnic profiling, and develop the sense of an own understanding.

If you are a believer especially, and most likely you attended or watched a Church service, reflect on all the teachings on love and life you have received and professed, and rate yourself against those tenets. Spread their very essence.

Have a these monkeys traits free Tuesday, and a great week ahead.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More