2001 — The title of this work comes from a chapter in Henry Thoreau’s novel Walden. In the chapter Thoreau, an author who observed and wrote about the wonderment of the world around him, describes some of the habits of the not-so-humane creatures that inhabit the forest surrounding his cabin by the lake. Among these descriptions is one about a battle between red and black ants on his wood chip pile. Thoreau humanizes the struggle drawing comparisons to our own existence. More information.