GRASSHOPPER 1: Hopper, I’ve been thinking… Why go back to Ant Island at all?
[Hopper becomes furious. Approaches the other grasshoppers.]
HOPPER: [feigning joviality] Guys, order another round because we’re staying here!
[all the grasshoppers cheer]
HOPPER: What was I thinking? Going back to Ant Island. I mean, we just got here, and we have more than enough food. Right? Why go back? [pauses] But there was that ant that stood up to me.
GRASSHOPPER 2: Yeah, but we can forget about him!
GRASSHOPPER 3: Yeah, it was just one ant.
GRASSHOPPER 4: One ant!
HOPPER: Yeah, you’re right. It’s just one ant.
GRASSHOPPER 3: Yeah, boss. They’re puny!
HOPPER: [pulls a grain out of a large dispenser] Say, let’s pretend this grain is a puny little ant. [Throws grain at Grasshopper3] Did that hurt?
HOPPER: Well, how about this one? [Throws grain at Grasshopper2]
GRASSHOPPER2: Are you kidding? HOPPER: Well, how about this?
[Hopper pulls the stopper out of the dispenser. It violently empties out. A flood of grain crushes Grasshoppers 2, 3 and 4 under a large pile.]
HOPPER: [climbs upon the just-created large pile of grain] You let one ant stand up to us then they ALL might stand up. Those puny little ants outnumber us 100 to one. And if they ever figure that out, THERE GOES OUR WAY OF LIFE! It’s not about food [Ed. note: money, or wealth, or possessions]. It’s about keeping those ants in line [Ed. note: i.e. ruling and controlling them]. That’s why we’re going back! Does anybody else want to stay?
[Terrified, all the other grasshoppers begin flapping their wings, preparing to leave.]
Dialogue from the animated film A Bug’s Life 2
If there is any part of this book that I hope the reader takes the time to read in its entirety, I pray that it is this chapter. Please read it word for word, deeply ponder it and pray about it.