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The Gospel According To Ants

Ruby writes from the Philippines. Aside from writing, she enjoys studying, researching, and learning just about anything useful and helpful.


An Interesting Fact About Ants

Do you know that ants don't have ears? Yes. However, that does not mean that they can't hear. So, how do they hear and communicate? Well, ants have a unique way of hearing and communicating with their fellow ants. Ants employ the vibrations that they feel on the ground to hear. The subgenual organ located just below their knees, pick up these vibrations. Further, ants communicate with other ants giving them warning about coming dangers by sending chemical signals called pheremones. Some ant species also use their antennae for communication. Aside from this uniqiue fact, ants can teach us some valuable lessons. Here they are few of them.

Ants are generous insects.

Do you know that ants have two stomachs! Yes! Ants do have two stomachs. Having two stomachs is quite interesting. Isn't it?

You might think that maybe ants are too selfish because they have two stomachs. But not really. You see, the first stomach of ants is for storing food for themselves. And they do this storing activity during the summer time because they need food for the coming winter when they can't anymore work. But here's another interesting thing. Aside from the fact that they have to store for their own provision, the other stomach is for storing another food to be shared with their fellow ants. Wow! That's something very amazing. One stomach is for keeping their food. The other stomach is for sharing food with their fellow ants. This tells us that, ants are givers. They are generous insects. They don't only think of themselves but also for others. I wish we could learn this attitude from these tiny creatures-storing for sharing, a perfect idea, isn't it?

Ants often take the uphill route to get their best stuff.

Ants don't take the easy way. They don't take the shortcuts. They are willing to do the taxing job in order to get the best of the stuff that they need. They are willing to do hard work in order to get the best results. This concept is supported when

A study conducted by Czaczkes et al in the Journal of Comparative Psychology, revealed that "After repeated exposures to both food sources, the researchers asked the ants to choose, by presenting both odors simultaneously and seeing which odor the ant went towards. Most of the ants went towards the "hard work" odor. What is more, they laid stronger trails to the hard work reward, in essence telling their sisters that they should also choose that path"

Ants are trustworthy workers.

"Take a lesson from the ants,...Though they have no prince
or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer,
gathering food for the winter"(NLT).

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The ants are very dependable laborers. Even if nobody is leading or guiding them, they could be trusted to work hard. Though no supervisor is watching them on site, they continue to do their best. They don't bother working without a boss, they just keep working really. My! If only laborers could emulate this work attitude of the ants, then it would minimize a company's cost for an additional personnel to supervise workers. This way, any organization will become more productive.

In summary

Ants are generous insects. They don't live only for themselves. They live for others as well. They well understand the idea of giving and sharing. They help each other survive and help their fellow ants who are struggling.

Ants are trustworthy workers. They don't need a supervisor to watch over them in order to keep them working. They are determined to accomplish their tasks without being prodded by someone. They are laborers who could be trusted and don't cheat their boss with time.

Ants often take the uphill route to get their best stuff. Ants never take shortcuts. They are willing to sacrifice for best results or their rewards. They are ready to work hard if it means to get the best stuff.

Though these creatures are so tiny, but the lessons they teach us are so amazing. No wonder, King Solomon, the wisest king whoever lived on this earth commands those who are lazy, "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; and consider her ways, and be wise:"(Proverbs 6:6, KJV).

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Ruby Campos

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