How to catch a monkey

In the Nabib desert of Africa, the Bushman has an interesting way of finding water. He knows that animals like monkeys have a much keener sense and usually know of secret brooks of water even when it is driest in the desert, the monkeys are careful though not to reveal their secret. It is not in the ingenuity of the Bushman in making the monkey reveal its source of water but the stupidity of the monkey that has become an internet classic and teaching story.

Now the Bushman knows that the monkey is a curious animal and In full view of it he digs a hole in the ground with a mouth just enough for the hand of a monkey to squeeze into.. He enlarges the inside of the shallow hole so that a hand can open and close into a fist. He then places some nuts inside and walks away some distance away. Soon enough the monkey approaches the hole to investigate and puts his hand inside and hallo! goodies! He closes his fist on the nuts and then tries to draw it out but can’t. The Bushman then calmly walks and picks up the screaming monkey. Not for once can it think of letting go of the nuts. He ties it to a tree and then gives it some crumbs of salt. After some time, because of the salt, it is screaming murder for water and he sets it free. With one single thought for water it bolts for its secret brook and the Bushman follows it.

This story has been used mainly to teach the idea of letting go.

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance oF evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21 – 5:22 KJV)

On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil (1 Thessalonians 5:19 MSG)

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