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Some people say that we are basically free and that we just have to realize this fact to be free.

I disagree. To me this is just a philosophical concept. In our reality as social animals we are caged by our culture and its (collective) beliefs. The belief that we are more than just mammals, that we are the pinnacle of evolution and the king of all animals and thus the heirs of our planet and all that lives on it.

These and many other beliefs keep us caught up in behavioral patterns which are harmful to us and our planet instead of helping us realize our full potential as man. Behavioral patterns that will ultimately destroy us, our planet and especially our culture.

However I do see a positive side to our self proclaimed role as masters of the earth. We do have the power, unlike any other species, to decide what will happen to us and our planet.

But our patterns only change if our collective beliefs change. Our collective beliefs only change when they have lost grip on us. They only lose grip on us when they are replaced with different beliefs that become our new collective beliefs.

Free Monkey

Tags: belief, evolution, freedom, illusion, monkeys, prison


  1. Posted March 18, 2007 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Next time I will actually say something interesting. For now, I will suffice to say that I agree.

  2. Posted March 22, 2007 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I promised that next time I’d say something interesting. Here goes. I love the caged monkey, although, admittedly, it does remind me of myself a bit. :-? The crown on top of the cage is a nice touch. Or is it (merely a touch)? :idea: What’d you say: will the cage fall apart without the crown?

  3. Posted November 26, 2007 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    So, you never did tell me about the crown…

  4. Posted January 13, 2008 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    So then, finally I will give you an answer :)

    The crown symbolizes our collective belief that we are different from animals and more specifically that we are different from animals in a superior way.

    The bars of the cage are made up of the ideas that stem from this basic belief. Beliefs we have that make us deny our animal instincts, behaviour and needs. Ideas like free will, good or bad behaviour and the idea that we humans are not just another kind of ape.

    When we let go off the crown it opens up the possibility to view all our cultural do’s and dont’s in terms off the healthiness it brings to us as a species, instead of measuring them along the line of values or maybe God knows….

  5. Posted January 13, 2008 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Great answer dude! Now I can sleep peacefully again (and I can stop nagging you for an answer). :)

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