This story comes to me of myth and legend. As to the historical truth, I have no way to verify, but as to the truth taught by the story I am convinced.
There was a great leader in a colony of ants whose name was Alsup (mere coincidence). He was a judge considered very wise and authoritative. All the ants revered his opinion. He reasoned one day that ants as a species were too divided and that under a unification, they could dominate the world. The key was to inspire all to a hope of gain. "It is true that we ants are of all creatures the greatest in number and in strength," he began his speech. "I am convinced if we united in a common goal nothing can stop us. Even God would take notice of us and we can change our station. No longer shall we be viewed as the insignificant, but as a will that must be recognized. I believe if we combine our strength and numbers to move the continents, who could stop us?" One of the other leaders interjected, "Did man not attempt something of this import with the Tower of Babel?" "Our plan is not the same; they wanted to become God's master and we only desire to become our own and to convince God by our feats that we are worthy of a status change. They are weaker than us physically and in that their wills cannot remain unified as ours. My proposal is that we all migrate, under earth to avoid detection, to the San Andreas Fault just north of Simi Valley. There we will use all our combined strength and effort to push the continent apart. We will push west until a new continent is formed and dominated by us. Men will fear and respect us because they will recognize our power to change their lives. God will see all we accomplished and treat us as we deserve."
God did take notice of their pride. Their plan were stealthy to every other creature. Soon all were amassed into what became known as the Atlas Colony. With one accord they began to push west with all their might on the west side of the fault.
In the heavens God was seen laughing at their foolish endeavor. An ant was in the station of being an ant based on superior will and knowledge they could never comprehend. They were not the first creatures to proudly make demands upon God, nor would they be the last. God laughed, but was also offended and decided a course of action. He commanded that the fault part.
On earth, or in earth I should say, the movement was immediately assumed a sign of success. A great cheer went up. The ants were changing one of God's laws and He would honor them for their joint efforts. The earth moving caused more than half the colony to fall down into the new crevasse. It was no issue for the ants who were master of this domain. They simply remained pushing from their new location. At that time, God commanded the fault to close. Violently and rapidly it closed, crushing all that fell within it. A horror shook the colony and destroyed their resolve. Alsup was forever shamed and the ants swore never to join their colonies again.
God laughed because His laws are irrefutable and irrevocable and because every attempt to annul one is as insignificant as the proud ant. Regardless of the humor, justice will always prevail and those who want to put the world on their shoulder will never avail. On earth a small quake was felt but in heaven only the rumble of laughter.