Hobbes and Smith have similar theories of cooperation. These theories are based on the key assumptions of self- interest. Smith ideas are about economic cooperation through specialization in the divisions of labor. Hobbes on the other hand focused on political cooperation through social contracts, and their enforcement by the threat of coercion and punishment from the state. Both Hobbes and Smith believe in the releasing of certain freedoms in order live a structured life for the sake having the ability to fulfill their desires. An everyday example that I found that related to the readings in section B of the course derive from ants and how they structure their lives. They have developed a high level of self-organization and efficiency from their specialized jobs. Ants structure their entire lives around their abilities to do specialized jobs through cooperation. The maintenance and survival of their entire colonies depends on their abilities to feed their queen and to do their specialized daily jobs in order to maintain a functioning society. Ants are insects that create colonies through specialized corporation. They follow these unspoken laws in order to maintain a peaceful society. This is why I chose ants as my example, they are the perfect models to represent the ideas of cooperation that I learned through this course. Ants maintain a complex hierarchical society through their organization of their nest. They live in a structured nest communities beneath the ground within the soil. Their colonies are made up of a queen ant and a the rest are worker ants. Every worker is assigned a specific role within the colony and their individual actions are completely controlled by the simple rules needed in order to reproduce and maintain survival. Their rules consist of the male and female ants fulfilling their own specified roles. The role that some of the male ants have is to mate with the queen since the female worker ants are sterile. The queen is the only female ant that can reproduce, this is why she reigns over the colony. She is the only one that lays eggs. The queen ant usually has lives a long life due to the production of resources by her workers. The rest of the worker ants are non-reproductive females that are responsible for taking care of the tasks in the colony. I used ants and the way they structure their lives as my everyday example because they embody Hobbes and Smith’s theories. Colonies of ants are so united towards one common purposes that they behave like a single super organisim. They are like an efficient factory that specializes in productivity and growth. This is only because all of their specific jobs are to accomplish their main goals in life of survival and reproduction. Worker ants work together to convert resources into products to create more ants. This process is made more efficient through specialization and the division of labor. The queen has the very specific role of laying eggs, which she spends most of her life doing. Worker ants perform other duties, often Ants have more freedom and don’t have to relinquish their power to their boss the queen ant because they themselves decide which tasks to perform. The relationship between ants and their process of survival is a perfect model for Hobbes and Smith because they follow the first law of nature, which is the desire to seek peace. This is expressed by their simple desires to follow order in order to maint their productive and efficient societies. They also follow the second law of nature which is the willingness to forgo some liberty. Because in order to maintain a productive life they must completely devote their lives to supporting the queen and creating resources for her and the rest of their communities. Ants give up their freedoms to partake in other activities or other goals in their lives. The last ideal that ants follow in accordance to hobbes and Smiths ideologies is based on the social contract. This is the mutual transferring of rights. All of the worker ants agree in unison to follow these rules and regulations in order to perform their jobs properly to maintain their livelihoods. This everyday example is very consistent with Smith’ theories of cooperation through specialization because every ant is important to the community as a whole. Every ant has a job in this society or rule to follow in order to maintain productivity. They create this exchange of work and resources through the production of cooperation. There are many symbols that are used to construct meanings within my everyday example. The queen is a symbol of life to all of the ants within the nest. They must then work to fulfill her needs first The queen is a symbol of the future because their entire existence is to produce more and more ants in order for their communities to grow and survive. The ants themselves are a symbol for the population the 99%, and their needs are important as well. Not only must they work for the queen but they must work to produce food and resources for themselves. They are the perfect symbol for a high efficient factory of workers fulfilling duties for their boss which in this case would be for the queen ant. Based on the application of these theories, I have learned a lot of things from my example that I wasn’t previously aware of. For example the amount of power that the queen has over the the workers is defined by her only ability to lay eggs and reproduce. The queen also has freedoms that she relinquished in order to fulfill her duties as the queen of her nest. She is a machine that mates with male ants to produce more offspring for the colony. She relinquished any personal desires or task that don’t concern reproductions in order to maintain her colony. The society that ants have created for themselves completely thrives on the specialization of labor.