The doodlebug lives at the bottom of a little cone-shaped hole that he burrows in the sand.
He gets down as low as possible so he’s always looking up at everything else.
When the ant comes around and gets on the side of this carefully prepared cone, the doodlebug feels a few grains of sand slide down, which signals him that ‘food’ is up there.
At that point he begins to throw dirt on his victim.
What he’s trying to do is drag the ant down to his level.
And that’s what we do when we gossip.
We throw dirt on others, hoping to bring them down to our level.
The ear craves gossip like a hungry stomach craves food.
Here’s something you may not have considered: while you can never be known and judged by what others say about you, you can be known and judged by what you say about them.