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The Anthill Parable

Updated on August 2, 2009

A foursome of golfers were on the course one day and as they were playing, one of the golfers balls landed on an ant hill.

There were thousands of ants in the ant hill until the golfer took his first swing. He missed the ball and took out half of the ant colony. Muttering and cussing the duffer took another swing. Yet another miss! Except for the ant hill. He had taken out the rest of the ants with the exception of 2 of the ants. One of the ants looked at the other and said in an urgent manner, " If we want to survive, we had better get on the ball!"

As a species we need to realize that Mother Nature has no measure of time or individuals. When things go awry, she will fix them in her own way and in her own time without regard to guilty or innocent. If we do not minimize the damage we do, she will do it for us and if that includes the elimination of our species, then it is just a byproduct of nature bringing things back into balance.

Like The Guess Who say in their song, "there's a new mother nature taking over, she's gettin' us all!

So get on the ball and do your part to make sure we survive and prosper by helping all facets of our environment alleviate the stress we have put on our waterways and oceans, our air and our land.

That does not mean we over react and prohibit anything and everything! It means we act with thought and science using reason, logic and commonsense!

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      logic,commonsense 

      6 years ago

      Thanks grinnin 1! Time is too short to beat around the bush! Glad you could stop by!

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      grinnin1 

      6 years ago from st louis,mo

      You always get right to the heart of the issues, with no hidden agenda. You are so right, and the story you use to make your point is perfect. Well done as usual!

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      logic,commonsense 

      7 years ago

      Thanks sh! Trying to be a little thought provoking is all.

      Appreciate your visit and comment!

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      logic,commonsense 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by, salt! It's just meant to give one something to think about.

      Don't know about BP, but I'm nowhere close to 70! She does make my blood pressure go up though. My temperature as well!

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      salt 

      7 years ago from australia

      I sort of appreciate the hub. The dialogue,umm.. sometimes I wonder if you and BP are actually over 70 and have high blood pressure. :)

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      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      earnest-thank you for the kind words! What most don't realize is that if they themselves did what they personally could do, they would be more effective than trying to force others to conform to their thinking.

      susan-thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the kind words from one as thoughtful as yourself!

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      susanlang 

      8 years ago

      One way or another your message rings true through the words of so many writers and speakers. I loved your creative twist on it...thanks for telling it again. Rated up.

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      earnestshub 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What a great call to arms for those who care about the planet and it's inhabitants including we silly humans.

      I enjoyed this one logic!

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      meow48 

      8 years ago from usa

      hummnnnn. what was that line in wargames... something like Bees will be the next dominate species??? liked the hub. take care. meow48

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      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      Glad you came by lorlie! Thank you for the kind words!

      The oil spill does not worry me, mother nature will take care of it one way or another!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks for another gem, logic,commonsense. In light of the Gulf disaster, this really rings true.

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      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      Thanks SG! Better late than never!

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      SilverGenes 

      8 years ago

      Wow, I'm late getting here. Excellent little parable and very true. Thank you.

    • profile imageAUTHOR

      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      Katie, thank you for coming by and your kind words! Nature will take care of us all one way or another!

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love it, observe and adapt. Great parable. Peace :)

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      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      kimberly, thank you for stopping by and your thoughts!

      It is all very simple, if we just stop and think of what's best for all of us!

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      kimberlyslyrics 

      8 years ago

      It means we act with thought and science using reason, logic and commonsense!

      never heard a truer statement

      thank you

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      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words lisa!

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      lisa brazeau 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Well done and thought provoking, I'm looking forward to reading more of your hubs. Thanks!

      p.s. I'll never look at an ant the same again;)

    • profile imageAUTHOR

      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      Done sensibly and responsibly we can make a huge difference over the long haul! Thanks for stopping by!

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      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      I've lived long enough to see how well we've done cleaning up our country, and I've travelled enough to see how much cleaner America is than any other country. Everyone I know makes an effort to recycle, use less power, and do their share for the environment.

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      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      Glad you liked it! They may not laugh, if the truth hurts!

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      Betty Reid 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I'm going to retell that joke. Not as a parable, just to make fun of my golfing friends.

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      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for your comments and for stopping by! It is always nice to get feedback!

      Yes, BP is quite the character and I like to give it right back to her. She is fun to interact with!

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      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Interesting parable. Your comments' lists are interesting too, especially the ones back and forth with the Blondepoet...it was as good as watching a soap opera so thanks for that too.

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      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      Absolutely, as long as we allow ourselves to be "nannied", we will have to live with the rules and suppression of those we let rule us!

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      wrenfrost56 

      8 years ago from U.K.

      I think we our often governed by a 'nanny state' when in fact like you say, we can often fix problems for ourselves.

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      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      xoxoxoxoxoxoxo!

      Happy New Year to you BP!

      I'll do whatever you ask, just please do not lie to your diary!

      Hope your New Year is off to a great start! Mine is now!

      Hugs n kisses!

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      blondepoet 

      8 years ago from australia

      A huge huge xHappy New Year Logic. Are you going to kiss me or do I have to lie to my diary?x0

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      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      She sounds like a culinary delight! :)

      Maybe she'll bring the Tums!

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      cheaptrick 

      8 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      I've been following the Exchange between you and BP.

      Now I have to choose between the bedroom or the kitchen.

      My babe just walked by in her nighty with Bologna and Whipped cream,my favorite except for Ice cream and Ketchup.

      Hope I don't get heartburn again.

    • profile imageAUTHOR

      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for your kind comments! Nice to meet you!

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      RedElf 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Interesting and thoughtfully done! Thanks for this one! Nice to meet you.

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      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Rebecca!

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      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      love this one, great anaology!

    • profile imageAUTHOR

      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      Thank you, glad you like it. It means a lot coming from one with your background.

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      advisor4qb 

      8 years ago from On New Footing

      I love it!

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      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      James, thank you for your comments. I appreciate the compliment.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      The Guess Who! Well done. Great parable. I liked it.

    • profile imageAUTHOR

      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      You bring the cherry and I'll bring the nuts! :)

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      blondepoet 

      8 years ago from australia

      You make me melt like hot fudge on a sundae.

    • profile imageAUTHOR

      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      Since you brought up food....

      I like biscuits!

      Sugar,if you were butter, I would spread you on bread and lick you off!

      You are sweeter than honey, more tender than any souffle, and rarer than the rarest truffle.

      Love that smile!! :)

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      blondepoet 

      8 years ago from australia

      Oh Logic that was just the bees knees, oh god if I had a hat on it would have burst at the seams.....my soul dosth runneth over......I am surely overcome.

      Baby, you are so fine I could put you on a plate and sop you up with a biscuit.xo

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      logic,commonsense 

      8 years ago

      ...like the pistil of the flower misses the bee's sweet caress,

      ...like the brook misses the bubbling waters flowing merrily down the stream,

      ...like the mother misses the child nuzzling at her breast,

      ...like Popeye misses Olive Oyl when she runs off with Bluto,

      ...like the tree misses the spring,

      ...like the dawn misses the stillness at the break of day,

      you have been missed like no other. Your brazen, bold, silly, sweet, sassy, sensual, spirit is a tonic like no other!

      So sorry you were ill and so joyous to have you back!

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      blondepoet 

      8 years ago from australia

      Heyyyyyy darling Logic did you miss me??? xoxxox

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      logic,commonsense 

      9 years ago

      thanks loveofnight-thinking things through helps us all.

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      loveofnight 

      9 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      a bit of wisdom always go down well

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      logic,commonsense 

      9 years ago

      Thanks m! Glad you liked it. Try to plant a seed of thought with others when I can, just as others have done for me.

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      mthierry 

      9 years ago

      I really like this. Great parable

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      logic,commonsense 

      9 years ago

      deepthought, thanks for the comments, looking forward to more of your hubs of 'deepthought'

      Brenda, so glad you liked it!

      BP, would love the massage if I just had the time! Oh what the hell, if you are using those skilled hands, I'll just have to make time. :)

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      blondepoet 

      9 years ago from australia

      Why have you been working so hard Logic? I bet you could do with a nice massage from a pair of skilled hands like myself. Don't burn yourself out you sweet thing (hugs)

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      \Brenda Scully 

      9 years ago

      i really liked this hub.... it made so much sense.... hence the name i suppose...

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      Deep 

      9 years ago from In the middle of nowhere and worldwide but still that T.O.kid from da north of America

      Logic thanks for becoming a fan, and stay on the ball, I do like the way you started a serious issue with a joke. Good way to keep them reading

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      logic,commonsense 

      9 years ago

      Miss you too, my brazenly, bombastic, blonde bombshell!

      Yes, I have been extremely busy, 90-100 hrs at work the last couple weeks.

      What have you been up to?

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      blondepoet 

      9 years ago from australia

      Have you been busy too Logic? I miss you. Mind you I have been flat out too.

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      blondepoet 

      9 years ago from australia

      Oh so much to choose from. I think I may choose the snakewood, sounds sssssss...izzling and rather exotic. Of course two sets of keys would only be appropriate one for me and one for you, for being such a master builder of course LMAO. Have a bonza day Logic (hugs)

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      logic,commonsense 

      9 years ago

      Of course my blonde bombshell!

      Although any prize I could award would pale in comparison to the recipient.

      What would you like your "door" prize to be made of? Oak, walnut, quartersawn white oak, hard maple, figured anigree, zebrawood, cocobolo, paduk, african blackwood, bocote, pink ivory,boxwood, black palm, bubinga, tagua nuts, snakewood or peterwood?

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      blondepoet 

      9 years ago from australia

      Do I get the lucky door prize Logic?

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      logic,commonsense 

      9 years ago

      Hi BP, nice to see you visit!

      Thanks, glad you like it.

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      blondepoet 

      9 years ago from australia

      Good afternoon to the charming Logic. I see I am the first here woo hoo. Love the parable here. Love BP xo

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