The concept of the Three Wise Monkeys, while widely debated, is often thought to have its roots in a Confucian maxim whose advice is to refrain from being a conduit or repository for evil thoughts or intentions. Western renditions, by contrast, have interpreted it as representing the cowardly wilful abdication of an ethical responsibility to confront external evil, often referencing the Mafia concept of Omertà.
But these are cats. Cats. Have you ever met a cat? Ever tried gauging its moral-philosophical standpoint on the internality vs. externality or indeed the very essential ontological nature of evil? I have. And I'll tell you now, they don't give a monkeys.