IS WORLDPEACE A POSSIBLE DREAM?
Consider this excerpt from a book called THE HUNDREDTH MONKEY
by Ken Keyes.
The Japanese monkey, Macaca fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a
period of over 30 years. In 1952, on the island of Koshima scientist were
providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkeys
liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes but they found the dirt
An 18-month-old female named "Imo" found she could solve the problem by
washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother.
Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers, too.
This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys
before the eyes of the scientists. Between 1952 and 1958, all the young
monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more
Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement.
Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.
Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain
number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes; the exact
number is not known. Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning
there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their
sweet potatoes. Let's further suppose that later that morning, the
monkey learned to wash potatoes.
Then it happened!
By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes
before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow
created an ideological breakthrough!
A most surprising thing observed by these scientist was that the habit of
washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea.
Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at
Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes!
Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new
awareness may be communicated from mind to mind. Although the exact
number may vary, the HUNDREDTH MONKEY PHENOMENON means
that when only a limited number of people know of a new
way, it may remain the conscious property of these people.
But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes into a new
awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by
almost everyone! Your awareness is needed to create the reality of Peace
You may be the "Hundredth Monkey"
You may furnish the added conscious energy to create the shared awareness
of the urgent necessity to rapidly achieve WorldPeace.
So in answer to the question of whether WorldPeace is in fact a possible
dream; the answer is yes. "When those of us who believe that WorldPeace
is a possible dream reach a critical mass, then we will transfer our dream
to the entire human race and Peace on Earth with no longer be a dream but
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