Once upon a time, a worker ant was ordered to bring good things back to its colony. While going for a walk one day, the ant saw a dead caterpillar. It was much too big to bring back, so the ant chewed off a piece of the caterpillar to bring some food back to his queen. The ant had seen living caterpillars before, and it began to wonder about death.
“What is death?” the little ant wondered. “What would it be like? What happens after?”
On his way back home, the ant came across a large anteater. It was stomping around, waving its elephantine truck through the air.
“Hey!” the ant chirped. “What’s death like?”
The anteater stopped and blinked at the little ant. “Why? Would you like to find out?”
“I’m just curious,” said the little ant, peering out from below a piece of what was once a caterpillar.
The anteater paused for a moment, confused by the little ant. “Death isn’t something you should go around asking about, you know?”
“I’m a worker ant. It’s my job to bring back things to the nest.”
The anteater sighed. “Including death?”
“I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s good.”
“If that’s what you want,” the anteater shrugged. He followed the little ant back to its nest and licked all the little ants up.