Who’s ever heard of tree wars?
TREE 1 grows its branches until it meets the branch tips of TREE 2 and then stops. The two trees are now branch to branch.
“Hey there!” says TREE 1. “It’s so good to see you.”
“Hey there!” says TREE 2. “It’s so good to see you, too.”
Now that their branches are in face-off position, the light and air isn’t enough food for both of them, so do they start fighting each other to decide who will take the food and who will not? Um…no. Trees don’t fight, quite the contrary. They help each other. Instead of fighting for light and air amongst themselves, TREE 1 and TREE 2 are very careful not to grow branches that are too thick in each other’s direction because that will take food from the other’s mouth, so to speak, so they grow thick and sturdy at the outer edges of their crowns away from each other.
There’s no such thing as tree wars, that’s why trees live such long and happy lives. The ants should learn from the trees. As should the people.