We hear the term 'Paradigm' often enough, but do we actually get what's behind it?
The following story is actually taken from an email that was circulated a while back.
A group of scientists placed 5 monkeys in a cage and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on the top. a
Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water.
After a while, every time a monkey went up the ladder, the others beat up the one on the ladder. After some time, no monkey dare to go up the ladder regardless of the temptation.
Scientists then decided to substitute one of the monkeys. The first thing this new monkey did was to go up the ladder. Immediately the other monkeys beat him up.
After several beatings, the new member learned not to climb the ladder even though they never knew why!
A second monkey was substituted and the same occurred. The first monkey participated on the beating of the second monkey.
A third monkey was changed and the same was repeated (beating).
The fourth was substituted and the beating was repeated and finally the fifth monkey was replaced.
What was left was a group of 5 monkeys that even though never received a cold shower, continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder.
If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they would beat up all those who attempted to go up the ladder...
I bet you the answer would be:
“I don't know – that's how things are done around here”
Does this sound familiar?
Here's some 'food for thought' for you to contemplate.
As young kids, we observe our environment and 'download' our parents beliefs and behaviors into our subconscious mind.
As a result, those become 'our own' beliefs and behaviors programmed into our life (ultimately - our paradigms). They become part of our perception and we act upon most of them automatically, without ever thinking of questioning whether it makes sense to us or serves us.
Remember this applies to our parents as well, so you can see in your mind how far back in our evolution those beliefs and behaviors come from...
Imagine how your life could change by merely observing and bringing this simple awareness into your life...
"To ignore the power of paradigms to influence your judgment
is to put yourself at significant risk when exploring the future.
To be able to shape your future
you have to be ready and able to change your paradigm"
~ Joel Barker
In so many ways, your beliefs determine your quality of life.