The little ant:
I like ants; watching, learning, and understanding how a colony operates is rather interesting. There are multiple sayings which involve metaphorical connections to ants. Have you heard the saying, “I will crush you like an ant”? How about “You’re just an ant and you can’t do a thing”? Or, “You’re as small as an ant, so just what do you think you can do or going to do?” Over the years I have witnessed and heard some of the most outrageous things in my life from my travels and work experiences and I am sharing some of these moments with you through my musings.
Well, this is for all the giants who enjoy telling the ants they are small and they can do nothing but be mush upon the sole of your shoe. Or, maybe that giant has mentioned “burning” you with a magnifying glass. My fellow readers, some of us may have thought about this metaphorical possibility, while others may have actually burned ants alive with a magnifying glass. So let’s talk about ants, shall we, and more specifically, the extraordinary lesson to be learned if you mess with the wrong ant or ants….
Since there are so many varieties of species when it comes to ants I am just going to describe a few. So, these extraordinary little ants may be tiny by comparison to your foot or magnifying glass, but what do you think these ants would be saying to one another if they were not part of a Pixar film or cartoon regarding your foot or you trying to bully them, harm them, or just wanting to mess with them when they are doing nothing to you? How about while you’re strolling along thinking to yourself that you are an ant so you can do me no harm. This brings me to the first type of ordinary ant, the Florida Harvester Ant and to put it simply fatalities have been attributed to this ant. Not such a little thing, is it? Now we should all know of these guys as the Red Fire Ants which is like being burnt with a match repeatedly; from experience I can say one does not want to mess with them. Next, the Saifu Ant; now I don’t know about you but the idea of something cutting and eating everything in its path would be a billboard sign saying one should not play games with me. Next up, the Bullet Ant; the name alone should be a warning of pain. Enough said on that little ordinary ant that is said to feel like a gun shot. And last to keep the list to a minimum, we have the most dangerous ant in the world, the Bulldog Ant. Now, for such an ordinary small little ant, these ants will eat you alive. Why? Because they are carnivorous and your foot would just be an appetizer. So, now, can you think of anyone in your own lives who might (metaphorically) correspond to any of these characteristics?
So, the next time you think that just because you are bigger or have no worries in the world, and that you are the giant and little ordinary ants cannot do any harm, just remember these four types of ants. Rather, we should each stop and think before attempting to crush someone or something as small as an ordinary ant.
See you in the next post.