The Strong in Need for the Weak

The universal law of polarity suggests that the strong and weak are in need of each other. However, some strong people allude to themselves that they have no need for the weak. They go against the universal law and lose.

One great example from nature is people in Africa and Asia storing millet in their houses. Termites tend to spoil these nutrient-rich grains leaving many people in short supply of their main food.

To overcome termite colonies people in Cameroon found that some ants called the driver ants are able to outsmart termites and eat them. These ants work together as a team. The strength of these ants stems from their coordinated strategy to become strong by working as many in one.

The video below is an example of the fight between termites and driver ants

Humans could not find a better way to battle the termites and eradicate them. Ants do. The false pride of some people finds it hard to accept learning from ants. Well, and then do what the ants can do.

This relates in part to humans playing down small things such as small insects and small problems. They forget that what is small today might become big tomorrow.

Ants think of today and the future. Many termite-eating ants do not eat all the termites and leave some alive to reproduce and keep the food supply available for the ants.

I read some time ago about whales in a restricted lake that whales do not eat all the fish so that the fish may reproduce and the whales may keep their main source of food supply.

The strength is in admitting our weakness. I read on Pininterest this wise quote

To be strong is to understand weakness. To be weak is to have fears. To have fears is to have something precious to you. To have something precious to you is to be strong.

Are not ants and whales doing this? They do. Because of their fear to run short of food supplies, they keep some of their termite and fish respectively alive because they are precious to them. They live the now but without forgetting the future.

You are not strong unless you admit your weaknesses. False pride is a recipe for losing whatever strength you have.


Ali Anani
Ali Anani
My name is Ali Anani. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia (UK, 1972) Since the early nineties I switched my interests to publish posts and presentations and e-books on different social media platforms.

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  1. A well-balanced comment, Aldo.

    Life advice from animals is worthy. We can think of what is good for us and implement it. This is not always easy, but if it is the right thing to do then it is wrong not to do it.

    I like the “paradox” you bring to the attention of readers and that is “although it is not always easy to accept one’s weaknesses without feeling ashamed, doing so can be a liberation and help us focus on the really important things, help us grow.”
    Again, if it is the right thing to do why not do it?
    This is weakness that no human can hide. Smokers who suffer from health problems know their weakness but the bigger one they expose to the world is that they cannot decide good for them.

    I greatly enjoyed reading your comment. Aldo.

  2. Many experiments have shown that animals are able to take care of their future much better than us humans. They have important lessons for all of us, little things that over the centuries we have perhaps forgotten or left aside. We can consider them more than anything else life advice that animals know how to seize on the fly and that we, on the other hand, find it difficult to follow on a daily basis.
    As for the need to know our weaknesses or fears, I am convinced that, although it is not always easy to accept one’s weaknesses without feeling ashamed, doing so can be a liberation and help us focus on the really important things, help us grow.
    It can become a strength, to get to know each other better and improve ourselves day after day.
    It is not always easy to do this in a society that would always like us to be perfect, strong and at the top, but it is possible and indeed healthy to recognize that after all we are human beings with our strengths and weaknesses, and also with our weaknesses.