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My Thoughts XVI: Ants and Humans

Updated on August 24, 2019
A Fire Ant hill in Florida, United States
A Fire Ant hill in Florida, United States | Source

“If You die today, what dreams, what ideas, what talents, what books, what music, what leadership, what voice, will die with You?”

I watch the Pharaoh ants I live with daily. They are so incredible; so determined, focused and relentless. They’re fearless too. I saw one walking around the kitchen sink yesterday as I was washing dishes and thought: “You’re brave to be walking around here. One swipe of my hand or one drop of water and that’s the end of You.”

I thought about the many ants that die when I take a shower sometimes. I pulled seven out of the bathtub the other day before running the water but I don’t always succeed in finding all of them and often one goes down the drain. I apologize. Not that it really matters I suppose. Sometimes I think to myself: “Well, I couldn’t save these two but I saved many of them in the past, together with a few queens. That easily counts for hundreds, if not thousands of newborn ants. I can’t give too much thought to two lost ants.”

Then, the question arises: are some ants expendable? Are some humans expendable?

Like ants, many of us live in high density groups. Many of us engage in daily work, with specific duties. Ants do that too. In many ways we are like the ants I encounter every day around the house and like ants, nobody guarantees to us that we will see tomorrow’s Sunrise. Many of us will not, yet everything keeps going. Workers still go to work, queens still have babies, the colony, or society still keeps going. In some ways, it feels like the individual is dispensable.

We are not though. Each one of us has a role, whether we know it, or not. Even the hermit living on top of a mountain contributes to our existence as a whole. The hermit is a piece of the puzzle too. Nobody is expendable. The puzzle is only complete with every piece in it. Directly, or indirectly, we have an impact on one another; sometimes in life, sometimes in death.

I cannot help but see things from far above. It’s the Eagle-Vision. And when You are far above, You see how things connect. You see patterns. You see history. It is all pretty amazing: ants, humans, everything: the Great Mystery, Wakan Tanka. Nothing is expendable.


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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for the visit, Mr. Spirit Whisperer and thank You for the explanation of the Ant Spirit. We can learn a lot of things from Ants. : )

      Cheers and all the best!

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      Xavier Nathan 

      2 years ago from Isle of Man

      "An ant is a symbol of strength, diligence, willpower, honesty, unity, patience, determination, stamina, sacrifice, and loyalty. Despite its minute size, the ant as a spirit animal possesses an immense strength of accomplishment, reminding you that nothing comes easy in life without putting any effort". - This describes you!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "We are all connected" - Yes indeed Mr. Manatita: all is One when we step beyond the veil. Thank You kindly for yor visit and comment.


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      Mr. Happy 

      2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mr. O'Brian, I am and have been celibate and abstinent for over fifteen years. I am not contributing to the billions of humans on this planet. Yes, I think we're multiplying faster than we can build schools, hospitals, roads and so on but the problem of overpopulation is one embeded in the human psyche: most people think life is about "growing up from childhood, starting a family, having kids and dying". Sigh ... lol

      Education. We need better education.

      Thank You for your comment and for taking the time to stop by - cheers!

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      2 years ago from london

      I like that. We are all connected; everything sentient and indeed non-sentient has a use or purpose. This is His mystery, praise be. Thank you so much!!

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      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      We have about seven billion people in the world. How many do we need? 10 billion? 20 billion? more? How about fewer humans while maintaining high technology? How about we start with a target of One billion people. We could have fewer. How?... by Family Planning, Vasectomies. As we reduce our number, we may increase our value. What do you think?

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Haha I was an analog guy for a long time, slowly becoming more digital.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for stopping-by Mr. Hansen. I am glad You enjoyed the writing and the music as well. Are You also an analog guy in a digital world? lol


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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Gondwana Land

      I'm glad I stopped to read this, Mr Happy. Why should ants be any more dispensable than we humans, or any other life form for that matter. Every creature was put on this Earth for a reason. For instance if one form of insect is eradicated for instance it will mean one species of plant will also die off.

      I was looking at a line of ants on my desk the other day and almost reached for a can of spray, then stopped. they are only cleaning up dead moths and stuff in their search for food to provide for the colony. They risk their lives without thought as they enter the house...just let them be.

      A good lesson here, thanks. I enjoyed the lovely music too.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Honey and ham is perfect for ants but I'm glad it didn;t go to waste and that the Crows got it. Haha!! Crows are amazing as well: so incredibly intelligent!

      "What worry does an ant have?" - Well, considering that "worry is the wrong use of imagination", maybe they know something many of us do not.

      They do see danger and react to it. I saw one ant pull another out of a drop of water, by the bathroom sink once. And when I chose to move them, they do stress out. They don't like being moved much and sometimes we have trouble co-operating with each other but I have patience with them (more than I have with humans lol).

      Thank You for the visit Mr. Dierker and for leaving a comment. Cheers!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "over seven billions streams of lighted energy" - To be honest Mr. Bill, it's a little overwhelming but it is also simply fascinating!

      Thank You for stopping by.

      All the best!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Truth here, my friend. I would love to be able to see the energy from each one of us, in some color spectrum...see it from above, like an eagle, over seven billions streams of lighted energy spreading out, touching, interconnecting....a perspective I think would be valuable for everyone.

      Peace to you always

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is so good to read from you friend. Last Sunday we put some honey on some ham and put it out in the dirt. We just ain't got no ants. I totally reject chemicals I only use salt and vinegar to ward off things I don't care for. But the crows got the food.

      I like being an ant. What worry does an ant have?


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