Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: More on Pike and Minnows
More on Pike and Minnows
Em & Tony Shipley
Mon, 14 Jun 1999 08:09:31 -0500
Lloyd P. Dalton sent this story to the list.
<< In the 1960s, some psychology researchers at a university conducted
an experiment. They placed a northern pike in a fishtank and fed
it for three days. Then they inserted a glass cylinder into the tank,
placed the minnows within the cylinder. When the pike got hungry, it
tried to eat the minnows. But of course it kept bumping against the
After a few hours, the pike stopped attempting to eat the minnows at
and rested motionless at the bottom of the tank.
The researchers then removed the glass cylinder, allowing the
minnows to swim around the tank once again. They each had a theory
when the pike would resume its normal behavior.
They were all wrong--after a week, the northern pike was dead of
starvation. It never once tried to eat a single minnow, even though the
minnows gradually grew unafraid, and swam right in front of the pike.
The researchers each drew different conclusions from the
Feel free to draw your own...>>
I would like to add this section that a friend sent me regarding this
I enjoyed the fish story (pike and minnows).
I had heard it once before during a lecture on "belief windows". A
window is something that all of us walk around with, like an invisible
shield in front of our faces through which we look and see the whole
We all have different things written on our belief window. Some of
are right and some are dead wrong but one thing is certain--we BELIEVE
everything written on our window to be true. So for some people they
written on their window that people of other races are suspicious or
and they behave accordingly. If a child has written on his/her belief
window that they're stupid, they too will behave accordingly by acting
in school, resisting their parents efforts to get them to do their
homework, putting off school projects, not reading voluntarily, etc.
see, the belief window has truisms written on it and from those "truths"
will derive rules for our life. So, as in the case of the child, if it
says "I'm stupid", then the law that comes from it says "If I study or
in school then I wont learn anyway." Now think about this, if a person
written on their belief window "God does not exist", what will be the
rules for their life derived from
that "truth" (it is a truth for them). Just like the pike in the fish
who had written on his belief window that there was no use attempting to
eat the minnows because he couldn't get them anyway, we too must look at
our own beliefs and see how erroneous "truths" limit our growth and
potential. For instance, if one doesn't believe God is aware of one's
existence it's awfully difficult to pay tithing when the money is
desperately needed for a struggling family, but then the great blessings
obedience and tithing are never realized.We all must look at our own
behavior and ask ourselves exactly what is motivating us to do the
we do. When our belief window say "God is real, He lives, He sent his
to redeem the whole world and that includes me" what wonderful things
come about. What do you think?
Cubmaster Pack 51
Buffalo District, Three Rivers Council
Port Neches, TX