Synchronicity and The Hundredth Monkey

The Hundredth Monkey is a speculative phenomenon whereby an idea spreads amongst a population, without the teaching or verbal direction of the idea. It is based on this story which I heard many years ago, and which gives me hope that peace and compassion can be an idea that spreads throughout our population and becomes an overwhelming force that topples greed (which isn’t sustainable and doesn’t bring happiness) and re-establishes community balance amongst us. Perhaps this is the paradigm shift many refer to as the shift. In any case, this is how the story goes:

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In 1952, on an island near Japan, scientists were giving monkeys sweet potatoes. They would drop the sweet potatoes in the sand; the monkeys liked the potatoes, but they found the sand and grit unpleasant.

One day a young monkey named Imo, discovered the trick of washing the potatoes in the salty ocean. She taught this technique to her mother. Imo’s playmates learned this new method and they taught their mothers. Unless monkeys were taught this new social improvement, they continued to eat dirty sweet potatoes. In time, hypothetically, ninety nine monkeys had learned to wash the sweet potatoes. That’s when something startling happened.

When one more monkey learned to wash the sweet potatoes, becoming the hundredth monkey; suddenly all the monkeys on the island knew to wash their potatoes without being taught. The added energy of the hundredth monkey created this ideological advancement. But there is more...

Surprisingly the habit of washing sweet potatoes jumped over the sea; suddenly colonies completely unrelated to the island colony of monkeys began washing their sweet potatoes without being taught.

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The washing idea spread because there is value in the idea, it was a better way of doing things. The idea of peace and compassion has the biggest reward for the general population of this planet. The more we think it, teach it and practice it, the more it will spread.

Why will it spread? Because it’s simply a better way of doing things.

 

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  • dankitti

    dankitti

    That means that the idea of things going viral is NOT limited to humans on the interwebs! It could be monkeys and sweet potatoes. That's nice to know. I heart your blog.

    That means that the idea of things going viral is NOT limited to humans on the interwebs! It could be monkeys and sweet potatoes. That's nice to know.

    I heart your blog.

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