Ant Farm – How the 10 Commandments Came About

So you decide to start up an ant farm. You make your own farm using wood as a base and panels of glass.  You fill it up with sand and nutrients and plants to grow on top of it. You start off with one male ant. While it was fun to watch him walk around your little farm, to get this project really going you are going to need to start breeding. One Queen ant later and life really picks up.
Everyday you walk by this project in your living room.  How proud it makes you feel to watch the ants grow and reproduce and build tunnels. Yes, building tunnels is good.  Not that you care.  They could be digging or not digging, doesn’t matter to you.  You are happy to let them do their own thing.
The plants at the top of the farm almost begin to overgrow when the ants discover that they can eat them. Within a day it seemed that they had learned how to forage, store and eat the extra foliage!  Wow!  How quickly they are learning!  And growing stronger and multiplying!
One weekend, you forgot to water the farm and half of the plants died. While this was of no consequence to you, as you could always buy more, it appeared to have affected the ants. It looks like they’ve taken one of their food storages and emptied it out on top of the ground. It too had dried up over the weekend and now they had even less food.  So you clean up the top level, water the farm and go to bed.
The next morning the ants seem to be back to normal with their regular productive behaviours.  Except that you notice that in the place of the burnt pile of leaves, they have built a pointy thing out of mud/clay. One by one, an ant would bring an egg from the Queen and drop it from a height, above this arrow, causing the eggs to break open and spill out everywhere.
You have no idea why they are doing this, but you realize you must find a way to communicate to them that certain things, like baby sacrifice, shouldn’t be done.  And while they’re at it, they need to stop trampling on their young and weak.  Frankly, you don’t even think they know about this ant on the right who is hoarding half the supply of food for himself!  You want them to have free will, I mean, it IS just an ant farm after all.  But, if you could make this life a little easier on them by giving them a few rules to live by…


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