We aren’t as evolved as we pretend to be.
As humans, we have very animalistic tendencies. We might try to pretend that we are highly evolved and analytical, but in reality we revert back to our true selves without even realizing it. I love the irony in this strip. Calvin looks down upon the ants for being what they are, creatures; he thinks it’s silly that they don’t seem to enjoy the scenery so to speak, but he immediately imitates them as he rushes to show Hobbes something new. Aren’t we all a bit like that?
I know I’ve found myself at the park, watching the kids run around excitedly, looking at them and grinning to myself; I find myself thinking how precious it is that they’re so excited all the time, but now that I’ve taken a step back and reflected on myself… well, I’m not so different. Sure, I might not run in circles until I throw up, but when I’m excited about something, you can tell. I get bouncy and smiley; you can see the glimmer in my eyes as I discuss that which I am passionate about.
While I’m sure to some, the excitement is a bit childlike; I feel that it’s essential to keep the child within you alive. It’s so endearing to watch someone go off on something they love. While I’m not claiming the ants are running around because of joy and excitement, it relates. I mean, how often do we truly stop and smell the roses?
Not often enough, that’s for sure.
We’re all just little ants running to do what we’ve gotta get done. It’s not a romantic notion, but it is true. When we have a task ahead of us or a deadline to meet, and we aren’t being procrastinators, we are rushing to complete it. If you’ve been in an airplane before and glanced out the window, you can see the cars rushing around and people running back and forth. We not only look like ants, but we sure as hell act like them too! I might not be carrying a crumb 300 times the size of my body back home, but I’m rushing around completing tasks I have before me; let’s be real here, sometimes those damn tasks feel like a burden. I wonder if ants feel the same.
Maybe we should all “poke around” a bit like Calvin suggests. Man, I can’t even remember the last time I went on a walk that wasn’t a power walk meant to get me from point A to point B or purely meant to burn those calories. It’d be delightful to slow life down, if only for a moment. What I wouldn’t give to have a pause button that allows me to stop the world around me and enjoy the company I keep, the things I love, and not worry about what I “should” be doing.
Someone should make that and send it to me.
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