Wednesday, April 30, 2003

"What makes the monkey dance?"

I think it's a valuable question that deserves our thought and attention.

-fleas could do the trick. The dance could just be an ellaborate stratching session misunderstood.

- It could be bananas. Food is a very powerful motivator. I've done more than dance for something less than a banana. But, I'm not a monkey...let alone THE monkey...so maybe not... Monkeys might be smarter than that.

- Maybe money makes the monkey dance... Money is quite the source of power. You can buy almost anything with money (not love though, of course). But the monkey would probably just eat the money - because he doesn't understand the concept of paper currency. "It's a bit like the mule with a spinning wheel. Darned if we know where he got it and darned if he knows how to use it."..or something like that. (See "The Simpsons" Monorail episode)

- Maybe female monkeys make him dance. This is the most likely scenario I think. If I were a monkey and I saw a hot girl monkey, I think that I would start doing my little monkey dance to show her what a great monkey "catch" I was.

Well, a lot of evidence has been presented here. I don't claim to know all the answers and maybe we have only just scratched the surface of this important question. But I hope this has helped you come to your own conclusions on "what makes the monkey dance?" In conclusion, I'd just like to emphasize that like most philosophical discussions the only answer that matters in the end---is your own.

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