A Bunch Of Baboons

I remember watching an experiment involving a family of baboons once on television. The researchers observed and filmed the group of peaceful primates as they spent their days grooming one another and playing in a small clearing within their territory. The baboons had plenty of food growing around them and seemed quite content in their environment.

One morning the researchers put five oranges into the clearing before they arrived. Soon the baboons came out of hiding. The first thing they did was to gather around the strange round objects. One baboon began rolling and playing with one of them.

It wasn’t long until the entire family was squabbling and fighting over the oranges. A terrible battle ensued and the researchers were forced to chase the baboons away and take back the oranges.

Once the researchers and their oranges were gone, the baboons returned to their peaceful ways. It even seemed like they were apologizing to one another for fighting over the fragrant round objects.

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Men identify with, and judge themselves by three criteria: Power, Position, and Possession. As long as the oranges are fragrant and lovely to look upon, we will struggle among ourselves to possess them in order to satisfy our ego and our greed.

Hopefully, one day we will learn to share before the brightness of the sun turns our fruit to rot. Hopefully, one day we’ll get a whiff of our true nature and realize that Greed is NOT good.

But not this day. This day we fight on, as we always have, to possess something that will give us power and position over our fellows. Amazing how little we differ from our baboon brothers.

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