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Ants and bees have long been recognized as tireless workers, but now new research suggests they behave like model citizens, too.
Recent News that certain animals and insects really do have the interests of the group at heart.
By Grant Lawrence
Maybe it is just me. I would like to think that human evolution is progressing. But then I get a bit down when I read that ants and bees have done a really great job learning to cooperate and we humans are still wanting to blow each other up, steal from each other, and exploit each other.
But our chaotic human selfishness isn't what it is like in a beehive. "In a beehive, the workers are happy to help the community, even to die, because the queen carries and passes on their genes," according to Science Daily
Maybe things are so great in a beehive because the Queen bee is an enlightened monarch who really cares about her subjects. Maybe all the bees are working together and cooperating because they understand that the survival of the hive and future generations depend on them cooperating with each other. Maybe humans could someday learn from the bees.
Maybe, but not likely.
When I consider the ants and the bees, I think that we must be dealing with an enlightened bunch. But then I think about humans and it all goes down hill from there. Human beings are always looking to get one over on each other. Worse, humans don't like to give resources to the poor and needy because they call that socialism. Humans think the poor and needy are lazy and don't deserve to survive. It isn't the way of freedom. Instead humans like to give their resources to the super rich because they call that a free market.
Now human wealth distribution may not make sense to bees and ants, but somehow it sure makes sense to humans. Just look at America and the recent giving of trillions of dollars to the banksters which does little but to protect the wealth of the super wealthy. At the same time, millions of workers depend on the auto industry and government leaders don't want to support that industry and plans to let it go bankrupt.
But it gets worse, worldwide there are a billion people underfed or starving but nearly half of the wealth of the planet is controlled by 2% of the population.
Now the human defense industry wouldn't make a lot of sense to ants and bees either. Humans think that only the "lazy" poor and needy should die defending their countries. Of course, it is the super rich that actually benefit from the human wealth distribution system so you would think that very rich would be the first in line to protect their system. But a defense system in which everyone actually fights to protect the group evidently would only work for bees and ants.
Not only do the human rich never fight in the wars. They are the ones that actually start them and then get rich off of them. In the human way of freedom, it is the rich that own the guns and bombs that blow up all the rest of the people. The human super rich then make vast fortunes watching the poor and needy fight and die for them.
So the human way wouldn't make much sense to a bee or an ant. If a couple bees or ants tried to take advantage of the rest of their group. If they were cowardly, greedy, and wouldn't fight in the defense of the group, well you could imagine what the bees and ants would do. They would probably all ban together and eat the greedy ones for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Now I don't advocate bee and ant justice but then again I am not a bee or an ant. We humans are more evolved than that.
Humans are the most highly advanced of the earth's creatures. Or at least that is what we are told. Humans don't think a system of exploitation and environmental destruction for the wealthy is a bad idea. Instead, advanced humanity likes to support a destructive system so a very few humans can have it all.
You see humans have this idea that only a very few humans deserve decent lives. They also have this idea that only a very few humans are loved by their God. That is why it is that humans see the suffering and exploitation of so many billions of humans as freedom and progress.
I know a lot of you are going to call me a human hater or worse but I do see a certain beauty and harmony to the way of the bee and the ant. Maybe some of you will even label me a communist or a freedom hater. But somehow I think the ants and the bees have the better idea. They built their society on cooperation and caring for all of their members. That to me just makes good sense.
But then maybe I haven't evolved enough to understand the human way of freedom and progress. Or maybe long after the humans have blown themselves up or choked to death on their own filth and pollution, there will be ants and bees or some other cooperative animals sharing and surviving on a revived, lush planet earth.