Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

A Small Ant Teaches a Big Lesson about Life

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

A Small Ant Teaches a Big Lesson about Life

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Byline: GRAHAM KELL

I USUALLY have no problem stepping on ants. I don't go out of my way to do so, but neither do I avoid it.

Then I watched a romance, war, adventure, drama. It had all the qualities of an epic, but the setting of the story wasn't shown until the final scene, when the camera focus broadened to reveal it all took place next to a puddle in a city park.

The kid's movie, Antz, is a war and romance through the eyes of an ant. The desert scenes were nothing more than a two-metre wide dirt patch, and the ocean just a puddle.

Ants are small creatures with short lives that only see their immediate surrounds. And they get very busy in their short lives doing all sorts of seemingly mindless tasks.

They don't see the bigger picture that we see, of where they live, of how insignificant their mound building really is in the scheme of things.

And in that way, we're a lot like ants. Our lives sometimes feel like epic stories. …

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