The Three Monkeys Tee

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Show off your love of monkeys and hate for evil with The Three Monkeys Tee!  See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil. It's so relevant for today.

This updated unisex essential tee fits like a well-loved favorite. With super soft cotton and excellent quality print, The Three Monkeys Tee makes one to fall in love with it over and over again.

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  • 100% Soft cotton (fiber content may vary for different colors)
  • Light fabric (4.2 oz/yd² (142 g/m²)
  • Runs true to size
The Three Monkeys Tee makes the perfect gift for you or someone you love.  It's such a great and fun design and sure to be a well worn favorite.

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FuN FAcTs About The Three Wise Monkeys:
The famous sanctuary is in Japan. The cuts of the monkeys - one covering his mouth, another eye and the last of his ears - originates from 1636.
Few images have crossed as many limits and passed for as many decades as these. Now the three wise monkeys are an icon.

However, the significance of this picture was slowly lost as time passed.
For example, the Japanese refer to a philosophical code of conduct for care:
"See no evil, hear no evil, hurt no evil."

This lesson, which comes from the letters from Confucius. To many, it gives a sense of "surrender."

Historians, however, see a connection between the image of the three monkeys and Socrates' three filters.

Thus, this icon can provide a much more useful message for our modern life. This image has nothing to do with the old eastern submissiveness that was forced by not seeing or hearing justice.

To understand the similarity between the three shows monkeys and Socrates' three filters, it is useful first to understand a story and a lesson:

A disciple came to inform Socrates that someone had criticized him.
Before the nervous student could open his mouth at all, Socrates asked him these three questions. These are three filters that the disciple should think about before turning to Socrates. They were:

Truth: Is that what you're going to tell, really true? Have you checked everything you need to tell me thoroughly, carefully and with self-control to make sure it's right?

Goodness: Is that what you need to tell me, good and kind?

Necessity: Is what you need to tell me necessary? Is it useful or necessary to tell me?

These three filters serve as a guide to helping us to be more careful, careful and critical of everything we say.

Many people think it is the same story as the three wise monkeys at Toshogu Shrine tells us. Socrates' tests can thus be compared to the three wise monkeys.
Monkey, covering his mouth: Iwazaru

For the Japanese philosopher, this monkey represents the need not to utter evil things. It is even associated with the recommendation not to express their own dissatisfaction or negative feelings.

Caution is also a part of not letting our emotional world be displayed too much. It's about being fat and controlling yourself.

Compared to how it fits with Socrates three filters, it has a lot to do with the need not to talk about others.

This is because rumors are not always correct. They are not good and it is not always necessary to say them loudly.
Monkey, covering his ears: Kikazaru

In Japan, people who spread rumors, criticism or bad news are seen very negatively.

Thus, the Japanese believe that it is better to cover their ears for certain types of information in order to maintain their balance.

This traditional thought may sound a little shocking here in the Western world. After all, bad news, gossip and criticism are to be found all the way all the time.
However, if we use Socrates' three filters, we can see how it may make sense to us:

Sometimes we need to get negative information because it is useful information. For example, you tell your boss that customers are not satisfied and that the boss should work to hold on to them.
If the information is not necessary and also is harmful, it's time to make like the monkey Kikazaru: Tire your mouth.
Monkey, covering his eyes: Mizaru

According to the philosophical and moral code santai, it is better not to see, hear or speak of injustice. However, as we know, this does not happen in real life.
However, if we look at the image of the third monkey through Socrates' filters, we realize something. It is a direct invitation to close our eyes to things that are not useful or good.

Close your eyes to the dark to focus your eyes on the brighter, more hopeful and more meaningful.

Generally speaking, these three monkeys teach us about our own needs and always to be careful and careful, especially when it comes to harmful or negative thoughts.

"Be careful what you say. Cover your ears over anything that is not useful or beneficial, and cover your eyes for all that is harmful and make you unhappy."

FuN FAcTs About Monkeys:

Monkeys are a favorite animal for many as they are very expressive and often act just like people. There are over 264 species of monkeys around the world and each one has their own unique features and abilities.

Monkeys are divided into two subgroups. Old world monkeys that can be found and live in Asian and Africa and new world monkeys that are found  in South America. Apes are not considered to be monkeys, although monkeys and apes are considered to share the simian primate group.

Most Old World monkeys have curved, small nostrils that are set quite close together however, New World monkeys have rounded nostrils that are far apart and their noses are flat. There are 96 old world monkey species and 81 new world monkey species, although there are more new world species that are being discovered.

  • Monkeys can be identified easily as they all have tails.
  • Most monkeys run across branches, although there are some species that do swing in trees arm-to-arm.
  • Monkeys communicate through a variety of sound vocalizations, body movements and facial expressions.
In the world of monkeys, pulling the lip or grinning is a sign of aggression.
Other signs of aggression can include head bobbing, yawning and jerking the shoulders and head forward.

Monkeys are very social, living in groups called a ‘troop’ and they express affection and bonding through the grooming process. The habitats of monkeys can include grasslands, high plains, tress and forests. However, they are quickly losing the places where they can live as it is disappearing due to human invasion.

Monkeys that live in trees are called arboreal and they spend most of their lives in the trees.
 Species such as baboons primarily live on the ground.
 Monkeys are omnivores and eat such things like nuts, seeds, leaves, flowers, fruit, insects and honey.
 The alpha or leader of the group is mostly a male monkey and they generally fight for this right. As a leader, this gives them the right to mate with all the females within the group.

  • Monkeys are highly intelligent animals
  • Mandrill monkeys have big fangs that are much longer than a lion’s
  • The first monkey in space was called named Albert
  • The female spider monkey has the longest tail
  • The male howler monkey is very loud in fact is one of the loudest animals in the world
  • There are no monkeys in Antarctica
  • Monkeys can live for between 10 and 50 years
  • Grooming is a big part of socialization for Monkeys
  • The largest monkey is the male Mandrill which is about 3.3 ft. (1 meter) long and can weigh in at nearing 77 lbs. (35 kg).
  • The smallest monkey is the Pygmy Marmoset which measures 4-4 ½ inches (117-159 mm) in length and weighs only 3-5 oz. (85-140 grams).
  • Monkeys can carry diseases that can threaten human life.
  • Monkeys will eat plants and animals and there are some monkeys that actually eat dirt.
  • Monkeys can hold and grasp things with both their fingers and toes and they are known for peeling their bananas and tossing the skins aside.


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