Walking the Fence Line
Bonnie Bird

Standing on the Ant Hill

Posted Saturday, February 19, 2011, at 3:01 AM
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  • Bonnie: Good blog, as usual. I understand the reasons that you chose the ants, however there will be many who read this and think that you are advocating socialism. Some will look at the ants and see that "Brave New World" where you are born into a "job" or "class" and there is no way that you can be anything other than what you are born to be. There are no ambitious ants who are born "worker" or "Army" ant that will reject that lot in life and revolt in order to strive to be something more. Ants accept by nature that they are who they are and no amount of dreaming or revolting will change that. If that did happen, unfortunately the anthill would collapse in chaos with anarchy. The worker ants would no longer be unified in bringing the food to the queen who in turn could no longer continue to produce offspring. The army ants who want to be something else would no longer defend the hill which would cause the hill to be destroyed by enemies. It would be a disaster.

    The one thing that I really like about the ants is how they show the importance of every ant's position in the community. In order for the "anthill" to thrive and survive, all ants from every level have their assigned duties which all work towards the same goal of having a safe and productive communtiy. I have always viewed people that way. Each of us have a place in this world that will make the whole complete.

    -- Posted by kimkovac on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 7:43 AM
  • Well, I am not advocating socialism. What I am advocating that everyone does have a role to play in this world. I have seen that everyone has a different interpretation of my blog, which is good, that was my purpose.

    You may have missed the reference that the tiny any can get the attention of the giant with one simple bite.

    There are giants out there who think that the ants have no purpose or say. And I am saying that we do and in the past few months, we have seen examples of those "bites".

    It is all well and good to present statistics and facts. However, there are times when a gentler, less direct approach makes the horse a little more willing to drag the cart out of the mud.

    -- Posted by KH Gal on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 10:59 AM
  • Sorry, one typo, it should be ant, intead of any on my reply.

    -- Posted by KH Gal on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 11:11 AM
  • Nice Story

    Ant's have always fascinated me... They are amazing especially when they can carry objects 25 times their weight

    -- Posted by MsMarylin on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 12:18 PM
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    Another good one. Shows that no matter how daunting the tast, rather than say "I can't do it" Just put your back into it, and make a difference. Yes, everyone has a job, let's get it done, and sometimes, a sharp bite is a good thing


    -- Posted by jessiemiller on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 10:06 AM
  • You got the gist of the story Jessie. It should be a cautionary tale to some of our elected officials.

    -- Posted by KH Gal on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 12:31 PM
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