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A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Ape-on-a-chain Trap

Reflects on and implies the EXTERNAL controlled comfort zone that we have created for ourselvesThe “ape-on-a-chain trap” refers to a situation in which we perceive that we are safe, secure, protected and nourished. However, underneath some sinister intent is patiently brewing, just waiting for the right moment - when we are at our weakest, most vulnerable and not cautious enough - to spring the trap and force us into submission, curb or limit our choices, destroy our individuality and seize control of our life. In essence, it weaken our Oryx-attitude and strengthen our Wild Horse-attitude, effectively render us completely helpless and exposed to the “mercy” of our environment (i.e. efficiently shifting our locus of control from a balanced internal Locus of Control to become an external dominated Locus of Control, that can manipulated by whoever wish to do so).

Building this trap normally takes time - could even be years - but once the trap is in place, sprung and when we are unaware of it; the destruction is effective and almost fatally final. What makes it much worse and very dangerous, is that the intent (on the surface), supportive to the trap, often is sourcing from good, noble and well meaning intentions.

Confusing?

Consider the origin of the “Ape-on-a-chain Trap” idea, seen in the context of modern day living…

My grandpa caught a wild Vervet Monkey and chain it to a pole. The Vervet Monkey - after weeks of futile resistance - reluctantly submitted itself to environmental and domestication pressures and allow us to stroke and pat him. After some months of “civilized life”, the monkey become so use to his better and more comfortable life conditions and circumstances, that even when the chain came loose, he didn't even consider it to escape. Life was awfully nice, good food… shelter… love… protection… acceptance…

However, the people working on the farm gradually change their “affections and start to torment the poor creature in all kinds of ways. The thing that they favour the most, was to pat and stroke him till he was relaxed, at ease and quite content with their attention. It is then, when they unexpectedly hit him behind his head, so hard that the unsuspecting creature somersaults to the ground. They enjoy it and regard it as great fun, specially when he furiously jumps up and down at the end of the chain… trying to get hold of them. Instead of leaving the frustrated creature alone, they continue to rub salt in his ”helpless wounds“ by mocking and throwing stones at him.

An unhealthy pattern developed. He avoided the workers as best he could, and they concocted all kind of tricks to lure him closer, e.g. while a ”safe“ worker is feeding and stroking him, the other ”not so safe“ worker hits him from his blind side. Unfortunately for the monkey, he was totally dependent on human care, no longer able to survive in the wild and has to accept this kind of treatment as the price to be paid for ”the good life“, ”nourishment“ and ”protection“ (i.e. security just to survive).

Until one day… he actually got his revenge. It was during one of the ”torturing“ sessions that the chain broke, and he was finally free to get some pay back time. All the many months of bottled-up frustration and aggression erupted like a volcano and he went of on a biting and killing spree. Most of his victims (cats, chickens, children) was innocent bystanders, but he couldn't care less, he just wants his revenge for the many months of feeling helpless, frustrations and torture that he experienced. He was uncontrollable and in the end my grandpa was forced to shoot him in order to end his path of destruction and mutilation.

The ”ape-on-a-chain trap“ has the following parallels to our present existence on this planet…

  • Being caught“ represents birth.
  • The “Vervet Monkey” represents our individuality kept alive by our spirit (i.e. soul).
  • The ”domestication pressures“ represents cultural and society indoctrinations, rules, regulations and dogmas.
  • Food, shelter, love“ represents the rewards for being submissive, good and obedient citizen, child, worker, …etc.
  • The “chain” represents our conditioned and learned believe systems.
  • The ”farm workers“ represents the matrix, feeding but also exploiting the ”monkey“ for fun, amusement and personal gain.
  • Torture“ represents the many good intentions done for the wrong reasons and the little jackal trap.
  • The ”price to be paid“ represents our defense mechanisms and mind defenses.
  • Revenge“ represents menopause, mid-life crisis, depressions, burnout, …etc. (i.e. most modern day ailments).
  • The “gun” represents all the ”legalised“ aids we use to contain unacceptable emotions and behaviours with ”life-saving treatments“ such as anti-depressants, hormone treatments, Ritalin, …etc.

Thus, the ”ape-on-a-chain trap“ reflects our mental and spiritual confinement and prison that we voluntary - over months or years - construct all by ourselves and when things are getting out of hand, also willingly limit ourselves within the allowable and collectively accepted parameters of society.

How does the ape-on-a-chain trap develop, without us being aware of it?

Mainly because… we accept sheepishly, avoid vulnerability, limit our risks by deliberately not exercising our freedoms of choice and curb our exploration/understanding/questioning of life, especially the spiritual realm. Sadly though, we unconditionally accept an external driven collective paradigm and neglect to develop our own personal paradigm(s), which is suitable for us within the context in which we functions and operates daily… ensuring a healthy survival and favorable prosperity during times of change (i.e. avoiding the negative impact of Future Shock).

In essence … we grossly neglect our inborn ability of using our common sense effectively.

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