Of Ants and Humans
Ants, like human beings, have a limited capacity to know, comprehend, accept, and work with their social and ecological environments. However, there must be something built into the ants’ brains that enable them to have some kind of pro-sociability with ants from the same colony in order to enable and facilitate communication and production amongst the ants for survival and well-being. Without this pro-sociability and willingness to engage with and help other ants, the ant colony would not likely be able to survive, let alone to potentially thrive in its given context.
Humans have more of an ability to know their environments and their social and ecological conditions than ants do. Yet there seems to be at present a strain of “broken” or “confused” human beings who don’t or won’t get their individual places within the ecological and social contexts. These people, who are likely to have brains that are less inclined to sociability, wisdom, and awareness of common reality, populate our societies and are able to wield influence within our societies through either the democratic processes or through the monopolization of positions of relative power and influence in our societies. When people with this anti-social, unwise, and delusional brains get into these places of power or wield significant influence in our societies, they tend to wreak havoc on themselves and on others in the long term in spite of them believing that they’re doing the correct things correctly. I wonder if ants at one point had to likewise evolve beyond their own anti-social and/or non-perceiving cousins within their own colonies to achieve the degree of success that they have on this planet and within their own colonies. I wonder if we, as a younger species, are likewise going to evolve around these anti-social, unwise, and non-perceiving people or whether we’re going to be destroyed by them in the grand scheme of things.
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