Monkey See, Monkey Hear, Monkey Shout

by Rhona Mahony. When I was a child, back in the late Renaissance, I often saw drawings of three monkeys: one covering its eyes, one covering its ears, the third covering its mouth. The monkeys illustrated an ancient proverb, of surprisingly murky origin. They advised us that to stay pure and safe, we should see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. I am pure and safe enough. I prefer these monkeys:

Thanks to Bruce Kitess for his photo.

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