Destination, Determination, Deliberation
As I was walking home today, my attention (as would anyone else's, I'm sure) was immediately drawn to the Cheerios™ on the ground. I of course had to forego my destination and instead play audience to a flurry of activity unfolding.
"One has but to recall The Three D's: Destination, Determination and Deliberation. One must be completely determined to reach one's destination, and move without haste, but with deliberation." –Wilkie Twycross, Ministry of Magic official and Apparition Instructor, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.
I was trying to think of something really profound while staring at the curb, but the reality is, there was nothing particularly profound, aside from the profundity of normal life. There was a pile of Cheerios™ and a bunch of ants scurrying around carrying crumbs. Although slightly out of the ordinary for cereal to be dumped on the side of the road, it's obviously not out of the ordinary for an ant to find a food source near the spot.
The most unexpected part of the experience was that two cars slowed, nearly to a stop, seemingly to check that I was okay, hunched over as I was on the curb. A neighbor, a refugee from Bhutan who doesn't speak a word of English came out to check on me as well. We only communicate through facial expressions and hand gestures, but I'm pretty sure he was concerned for my well-being. I don't think I was on the side of the road that long, but apparently long enough to attract a little attention. Sadly, none of the people that payed attention to me were able to see what was really happening.
I will say with confidence that the ants were determined, were operating deliberately, and likely their nest was the destination. One thing I did notice though is there were different types of ants, so the nest destinations could likely be different. There didn't seem to be any clashes amongst different factions. Everyone was busy trying to grab what they could. Perhaps if there had simply been one Cheerio™, a fight may have ensued and one or the other groups would have won the rights to carry it home. There were more small ants than large ants, so I think by sheer numbers, the small ants would have won.
Super Interesting Sidenote
I uploaded that video to Instagram and Facebook and YouTube. Every one of them blocked it because it violated copyright by having a song in the background. So, end of story? No! I liked that song in the background. No, it's not a clean edit and the end cuts off, but that's what you get for a super quick thrown together on the phone with Clips from Apple situation. At any rate, I just decided to ask the artist, Regina Spektor, who happens to be one of my favorite musicians. I never expected a response, but look!