Ants and humans, the most successful creatures on Earth, populate all continents except Antarctica, their success attributed to the fact that both are highly social. But they are social in different ways. There are over 11,000 species of ants, only one species of human, each ant is born into its niche and cannot change, humans are born unformed and must find a niche in society, ant colonies only change with evolution, human societies are in a constant state of flux. The only overlap: human societies are suspicious of foreigners and quick to war, ants are furiously ready to fight and destroy all foreigners.
King Solomon said, “Observe the ant, thou sluggard, consider its ways and be wise.” [Proverbs 6:6] This evokes the hard-working worker ant, but there's more. Each ant colony is rigid and each worker, drone, soldier, and Queen is born into the position it will occupy its whole life. Human beings,on the other hand, are born with infinite potential and are shaped by their societies which are always in a state of change.
And yet people fear change. American society, one of the most dynamic ever, is constantly pulled between those who seek change and those who shun it. The result can be dynamic equilibrium, unless one side overwhelms the other, as in North Korea, which just lost its “Dear Leader,” Kim Jung Il, the son of “Great Leader,” Kim Il Sung, and father of Kim Jung Eun, now in line to inherit under a power elite in deadly fear of change. But this power elite will one day fall, and change will come anyway.
But is all change good? Everyone wants change that advances liberty, freedom from fear, want, and sickness. It's called progress. The Arab Spring envisions progress in the change from tyranny to democracy. Democracy is stabler than tyranny, which breeds discontent, yet democracies can be voted out, like Germany's promising Weimar Republic was voted out in favor of the National Socialists (Nazis) resulting in the most gruesomely debased society in human history.
Vying for presidency of the U.S., is Michele Bachmann who proposed a Congressional investigation of President Obama, she and her colleagues approve of torture in an albatross prison on the tip of Cuba, every candidate except Ron Paul wants the Iraq war to continue and excoriates President Obama for ending it, multi-millionaire Mitt Romney calls himself “middle class,” while still raking in millions from deals that closed businesses and fired workers, anonymous millions pour into political campaigns, and Newt Gingrich wants to arrest judges who make decisions he doesn't like. Can any of these shepherd a society seeking progress? Or would they shift it into reverse? Ben Franklin said, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
When President George W. Bush's approval rating was down to 18%, Jay Leno asked, “What is the matter with those people?” If any of these candidates become President, when the nation wakes up and asks itself what happened, it will be too late. Democracy is fragile and inefficient, yet magnificent, and it can be stolen away