In a recent comment, I wrote that some efforts are like building castles on the sand and soon collapse. Susan Leplae Miller then suggested to I write a post on building castles on sand. I respond to her request in this post.
Children find great joy in building castles of sand on beaches and watch them collapse soon. The imagination of children produces different styles and structures of sand.
Children are not alone in building castles on sands. Ants do miraculously. I strongly suggest to the readers watch the video below and see how ants relentlessly keep changing the sand castles they build to cope with changes and keep the castles functional. The video provides a great example of agility to change and the need to respond immediately.
A variety of ants such as in size has a great advantage. Researchers at Arizona State University discovered that ant colonies with a mix of large and small workers build better nests than colonies with only small or large workers. Variety produces variety.
This is a lesson for humans to understand. Variety of culture, for example, should be a source of strength and cohesion and not the other way round.
Ants are small and it is easier for them to carry small sand grains to build castles of sand. As much as these castles are unstable, it is also, what gives ants the possibility to change their internal designs to suit their needs. They find strength in the weakness of their castles. This is another great lesson for humans to absorb.
Another lesson is in variety; we become more agile and adaptive and enable us to gain new perspectives.
Another great lesson for us is that ants do not sink in the sand they use to build their castles. Aware of the danger, the ants congregate and used nearby grains of sand to build structures that not only save them from drowning.
Unless humanity comes together, our societies shall be sandy societies that the wind blows away. Sand particles are loosely held so that the wind may carry them in huge numbers easily. Seeing “clouds of sand” covering the horizon is unusual.
Ants stick together so as not to sink in the sand. Unless humanity does the same, we are in the danger of becoming disintegrated societies that the wind of change may blow them away.
Humans need to accept variety and to find the sweet zone in which the individual interest overlaps with the society interest.