Once Upon A Time there was an ant. She spent all her days carrying food and building supplies to the nest, following scent trails laid down by other worker ants.
Nothing she did was different from what other worker ants did.
One day she looked to the sky and screamed, “I matter.”
Every day after she would look at the sky for a few moments. She never again said “I matter.”
Once, when she was looking at the sky, another worker ant came up to her and gently touched her antennas.
She followed that ant when it left, and together they foraged food and picked up leaves.
One summer eve, some earth crumbled and the other ant, tumbled down and fell on her back. It took a lot of pushing to help her back to her feet, but when it was done the ant felt a great rush of relief and happiness, like nothing she had felt before.
Again, the touched antennas. A warmth suffused the ant, she realized this ant was special, even though it did nothing that any other ant did, and for over a year, they always worked together.
Then a large object came from the sky, barely missing the ant and landing on many other ants, then withdrawing back to the sky. The ants it had hit, were all crushed.
The ant approached its friend, and gently touched her antennas to the paste which was all that remained of its friends.
She looked to the sky, and screamed, “she mattered!”