Grease pencil on paper
80 x 70 cm
There are two monkeys in a cage. Outside there is food on a wooden board with two ropes on each side.
By pulling the ropes at the same time the monkeys can get the food over to their cage.
As soon the food is within reach, the dominant male monkey asserts its supremacy and eats it all.
Same situation the next day. This time the other monkey, hungry and knowing that it won’t get any food, refuses to pull the rope, so that neither the dominant male can eat. Under another, more humane way of thinking, the dominant male would pull he rope and share the food with its fellow monkey, and the latter would cooperate to the benefit of both. Being generous, humane and fair is wiser and more advantageous than being selfish.
Is that so hard to grasp?