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Q&A: Am I spelling my own doom by cleaning up after other members of my family, very interesting question?

Question by Ben P: Am I spelling my own doom by cleaning up after other members of my family, very interesting question?
Hello everyone,

I recently, just as short ago as a few minutes, read an article about poop-collecting ants that clean up after ants of the same species. These ants, in the social hierachy, are the bottom of the totem poll. They are work, serve the rest of the colony only to be reviled and detested.

Quote from the article (found at http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/28319436/): “Without such a clean and easy solution, other social insects have evolved another waste management tactic — lifelong poop collectors. Both gall aphids and leafcutter ants have specialized castes whose members serve as these waste removers.

“They process the colony’s garbage and once they start doing this job they remain in it for the rest of their lives, being shunned by other workers,” Jackson said, adding that honeybees seem to have evolved a more democratic process, whereby workers can change jobs after they reach a certain age.”

Can’t we see similar structures such as these in our human species? Do we not see that there are those who we detest, for the very fact that they are “street cleaners”, socially unacceptable people?

For example, I will do the most work around the house, yet I get the least amount of reward and am hated the most for it. I go around serving others, pleasing others and basically licking the dirt beneath their feet, only to be the outcast.

Can I attempt some kind of role reversal? Let’s say, I stopped cleaning up after them and became messy myself. Would they then become lesser members in the social order? Or have I already become the social loser in all situations?

How can I win?

Av

Best answer:

Answer by Degrassi Original
Don’t clean up after them.

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