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|“What Did The Ant See?”
By Michelle Z. Banda
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Rated "G" by the author
Some decisions are more "chancy" than others.
|Say that you could combine, into one super brain, 100 of the best minds in the history of mankind. Would
the universe be simply too big, too wondrous, too fantastic for humans to comprehend. My daughter
included. So, yesterday when she was more than a little bored with life, and being the insightful Pediatrician
that I am, I decided to open her eyes to something even too big for her great mind to comprehend.
"Imagine an ant crawling all over an elephant's immense body," I challenged her. "Can you visualize that?"
"Well now, that tiny ant has little or no idea of what that elephant is all about. Or just how big that elephant
is. Nor do we humans grasp the magnitude of the wonders of our universe," I said.
"How is that, Mommy?"
There, you see, chancy at best. "Well, for example," I continued, "many of us merely take the sun for
granted. Sometimes we even complain about it, don't we?"
"Can you guess how many of us actually marvel at it, wondering about its seemingly infinite power and
"Well now, you see; the sun is but one of uncountable billions of stars in the universe. Why, it isn’t even a
remarkable star; there are billions just like it. And billions more that are unlike it, in thousands of different,
"Wow! Really? So why do we have only one?"
"Well because that's just the way things are arranged for now.
"When they change, will we have more than one sun?"
"Maybe. Just think of how many stars are out there."
Chancy. "Well, just think of your favorite beach."
"Yes. Now think of how many grains of sand are on that beach? Then think of all the grains of sand on all the
beaches on Earth.
"Um, well the sky has more stars than Earth has these grains of sand."
"Yes. But like the ant, most of us are too busy with our “ant” lives to notice or appreciate the elephant. Or
just how big it is. Do you understand now?"
"Yes, Mommy. Sometimes we are all like a bunch of ants. That's a good story. Tell me another."
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