Many times we do not ask – why we do what we do

Eight monkeys are put in a room. In the middle of the room is a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling. Each time a monkey tries to climb the ladder; all the monkeys are sprayed with ice water, which makes them miserable.

Sooner enough, whenever a monkey attempts to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon him and beat him up. Soon, none of the eight monkeys ever attempts to climb the ladder.

One of the original monkeys is then removed, and a new monkey is put in the room. Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wonders why none of the other monkeys are doing the obvious, but, undaunted, he immediately begins to climb the ladder. All the other monkeys fall upon him and beat him silly. He has no idea why. However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder.

A second original monkey is removed and replaced. The newcomer again attempts to climb the ladder, but all the other monkeys hammer the crap out of him. This includes the previous new monkey, who, grateful that he’s not on the receiving end this time, participates in the beating because all the other monkeys are doing it. However, he has no idea why he’s attacking the new monkey.

One by one, all the original monkeys are replaced.

Eight new monkeys are now in the room. None of them have ever been sprayed by ice water.

None of them attempt to climb the ladder. All of them will enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tries, without having any idea why.

Many times we do not ask – why we do what we do!

Possibility of IT Returns!

For the very first time in my life work-life have I noticed someone in my circle actually getting IT returns. I am infact supposed to get some money back from the IT department myself, however I had (until-now) given up hope on actually receiving the returns. Even after repeated follow-ups, I have until now never received returns. I have come to understand one rule about our IT department – “If I dont pay taxes on time, I will get punished. But if the IT department doesnt return on time, there is no penalty for them.” Actually going by the rule book they are supposed to pay 18% interest, but that happens only if they ever pay. How can a 18% interest be paid on nothing????

Anyways, atleast now I know of an actual person at work my office who has received IT returns. So congratulations to him.