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Attachment - Catching A Monkey

My father told me that this is a way to catch monkeys. Get a jar with a somewhat narrow neck. Place a fruit in the jar and tie the jar to a tree branch.

When the monkey comes, it will reach into the jar and grab the fruit. However, while holding the fruit it cannot withdraw its hand through the narrow neck of the jar.

Even when a person arrives, the monkey will tightly hold onto the fruit. It is captured because it won't let go.

This is a story about attachment -- to wealth, power, fame, etc. We are trapped by holding onto these things too tightly. In this case, it is not good to be like a monkey.


Charles C. Goodin