Special Permission of Ken Keyes Q.M.I. Presents
the hundredth monkey
by ken keyes, jr.
- This book does not deal with
- It tells how to operate our
lives --- and our world. It tells us how to stay alive!
- The mess we've brought upon
ourselves is a most perilous and challenging one. The broad picture pieced together
here will show you the immensity of the nuclear dangers,
the futility of any defense or
protection, the power of the new awareness and your role
in the unfolding drama.
- There is a phenomenon I'd
like to tell you about. In it may lie our only hope of a future
for our species!
- Here is the story of the
- The Japanese monkey, Macaca
fuscata, has been observed in the field for a period of over
30 years. In 1952, on
the island of Koshima scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the
sand. The monkeys liked
the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the firt
- An 18-month old female name
Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes
in a nearby stream. She taught
this trick to her mother. Her
playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers,
- This cultural innovation
was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of
the scientists. Between
1952 and 1958, all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them
more palatable. Only the
adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement.
Other adults kept eating the
- Then something startling
took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet
potatoes -- the exact number is not known. Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning
there were 99 monkeys on
Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes.
Let's further suppose that later
that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.
THEN IT HAPPENED!
- By that evening almost everyone
in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them.
The added energy of this hundredth
monkey somehow created an
- But notice. The most surprising
thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of
washing sweet potatoes then spontaneously
jumped over the sea -- Colonies
of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys
at Takasakiyama began
washing their sweet potatoes!
- (Lifetide,, Watson, pp. 147-148,
Bantam Books, 1980. This book gives other fascinating details.)
- Thus, when a certain critical
number achieves an awareness, this
new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind. Although the exact number may vary,
the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon
means that when only a
limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the consiousness property of these people.
But there is a point at which
if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that
this awareness is picked up by almost everyone!
- © Copyright 1982 Ken
Keyes, Jr. Vision Books
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