Psychology 101   Examples of conditioned behavior       or  

Example #1:   How to catch wild pigs.

In the woods where there are wild pigs, put up one section of fence and spread ears of corn or other tempting food. The wild pigs will certainly come and eat. Next, do the same thing but add another section of fence. Continue on until you have four sections of fence with a open gate. The pigs will continue to come in to get the free food, ignoring what is going on around them.  (Ya know, just like people).  As they are enjoying their last meal, close the gate and you will now have pig meat for some time.  Sadly true of human behavior as well.

Example #2:   Why stupid people say, "We've always done it this way."

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage hang a banana on a string from the top and place a set of stairs under the banana. Before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all the monkeys with cold water. After a while another monkey will make an attempt with same result: all the monkeys get sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will stop him.

Now, put away the cold water, remove one monkey from the cage, and replace it with a new monkey. The new monkey will see the banana and attempt to climb the stairs. To his shock, all of the other monkeys will beat up on him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another one of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new one. The newcomer will go to the stairs and get attacked. The previous newcomer will enthusiastically take part in the punishment because he is now part of the team.

Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he will be attacked.

But now, the monkeys that are beating up on the newcomer have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know or understand why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

At last, after having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.

Why, you ask? Because in their minds, that is the way it has always been!

This, my friends, is how the U.S. House and Senate operate.

And this is why, from time to time, ALL of the monkeys need to be replaced AT THE SAME TIME!

Now would seem to be a really good time to do that.