The 100th Monkey
September 07, 2012
An 18-month-old female named 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 too.
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. But, let us just 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.
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 ideological breakthrough!
Another most surprising thing was observed by the scientists. The habit of monkeys washing sweet potatoes jumped over the sea. . . colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.
Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious 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!
This collective commitment will eventually reach critical mass and have the same effect as the 100th Monkey.
Ellen Troyer, MT MA
Inamura Capsulorhexis Forceps 2-716GNR8-2
Thank you Ken Keys for being gracious enough to not copywrite your 100th Monkey story knowing that it would have a better chance of being shared and read if you allowed others to use it as metaphor.