The 3 wise monkeys
The tale of the 3 wise monkeys is an ancient Japanese belief depicted by one monkey covering his eyes, one covering his ears, and one covering his mouth. The icons date back to the 17th century. The 3 wise monkeys, Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru, are commonly depicted in statue form, drawings, paintings, photography, cartoons, and even emojis.
There are two very interesting interpretations of this principle that can tie into the way you run your business.
Monkey see, monkey do
The first idea suggests that you should separate yourself from negative energy so that your thoughts and behaviours will exude positivity. This could imply a physical or a mental separation from evil. If you See no evil and Hear no evil you will Speak no evil. Choose to focus on the good things of the world and you will keep that space between you and evil. As businesswomen it is important to embrace positivity and focus on the things that are good and right to shift your perspective.
Turn a blind eye
The second interpretation has quite the opposite vibe. It focuses on turning a blind eye. Evil is absolutely unavoidable and distancing yourself from negativity is not realistic. This explanation of the 3 wise monkeys recommends that if you witness such behaviour, you should act as though you never saw or heard it and definitely don’t speak about it. We know that if things are kept quiet they are impossible to repair. Owning your company means you have to stand up for what is right for your company. Inevitably you will be faced with negative people and situations, but when that happens you should think positively and focus on solutions.
If you haven’t heard, there is actually a fourth monkey that hardly ever gets attention. His name is Shizaru and he sits with his arms crossed over his belly. Shizaru represents Doing no evil. It is unclear why Shizaru doesn’t usually hang out with the trio. I guess doing no evil is just too difficult for humans, but it’s trying your best that makes all the difference.