I recently read a study conducted in 1952. Reliability and the actual occurrence of the study even taking place was called into question, that it may just be a myth. Regardless the study enthralled me and mythical or not I enjoyed it. Here’s the gist of it.
Scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropping them in the sand for the monkeys to collect. The monkeys loved the potatoes but hated the sand. One of the monkeys realised that she could rectify the problem by washing the sand off in the nearby stream, she taught the other monkeys. Through imitation they were able to learn. Now this in itself isn’t an anomaly, these creatures are intelligent and able to learn. What was surprising was that colonies of monkeys on other islands began doing the exact same thing without any ability to imitate through observation, as they were on neighbouring islands with ocean in-between.
Hence the name “The Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon”, the hundredth monkey was the tipping point, so to speak, that pushed the knowledge of a select group to spread and be communicated within the species mind to mind. Which can be concluded that if enough individuals tuned into a certain behaviour there would be a point where subconsciously everyone would pick up on this. Where a species begins to evolve. (A little side note: The older monkey’s learnt from the younger monkeys).
So often I get told that my individual actions can’t even begin to change a society so steadfast in its ways. For example, because it means so much to me, that my small gesture of recycling couldn’t possibly put even the smallest of dents in resolving a crisis that awaits us. The message that I’m trying to convey is that you may well be that hundredth monkey. The monkey that pushed humanity towards collective consciousness and helped bring about the actualisation of important impactful change.
Recycle – You may be the monkey that reverses climate change.
Love more – You may be the monkey that abolishes hate.
Plant trees – You may be the monkey to change deforestation giving actual monkeys back their homes.
I understand and am not naïve enough to be deluded into the fact that I may not be able to create change alone. HOWEVER I may be that hundredth monkey that tips us ever so slightly over the edge and that alone means that no matter what your cause, or how small the gesture, is absolutely worth the action.