A lesson from three monkeys
Question: Why are these three monkeys playing deaf, dumb and blind?
- So they can appear innocent while ignoring reality.
- So they can be sincere and phony at the same time.
- So they can behave disgracefully without having to notice.
- All of the above
While the conventional explanation is that these three monkeys are “wisely” refraining from witnessing, hearing or speaking evil – a seemingly noble aspiration - a closer inspection reveals the theatrics of spiritual self deception. By playing deaf, dumb and blind, we monkeys can always “plead innocence” - even though in our hearts we are uneasy with the “story lines” we peddle. We can always with a sincere heart have an excuse, make an argument, defend ourselves, blame others, skirt the real issue, ignore the message - the shenanigans are endless - because first we chose to play deaf, dumb and blind to what is spiritually obvious. Instead of being authentically open and vulnerable to our lives, we too often play innocent - like our monkeys pictured here. But in the end, such spiritual phoniness simply distorts our noble humanity into mere “monkey business”.