Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.
The ant colony analogy fails.
Ant colonies don't change. Haven't for the centuries we've studied them, and likely not in a million years. Ants don't invent. They simply repeat the same course of action.
In less than 100 years, we went from starvation being a real concern to having an abundance of food. At least in the US. Because we DONT do exactly the same thing, the same way, over and over.
We are different, provided we can freely create resources. Even if we had free energy, our civilization is dependent on petroleum, oxygen, and sunlight, among other things. We don't yet have the capability to manufacture these things on a global scale.