to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."
These photos are of female honeybees working on their hive.
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so cold- bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief."
James Russell Lowell
"It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize
each other, to learn about the other and honor him for what he is."
at least we can help make the world safe for diversity."
John F. Kennedy
when differences and diversity are not seen as sources
of division and distrust, but of strength and inspiration."
I was at the park where a young girl about 11 or 12 years old was pointing and making a panicking "oooh" sound while stomping her feet and repeatedly yelling, "Kill it! Kill it!" Her grandfather tugged at his dog with the leash it was on and meandered over to see what she wanted killed.
I had to speak up. I had a feeling about what she wanted killed and sure enough when I asked her, she said, "A bee."
I began to explain how important bees are and that if she left the bee alone it was not going to attack or sting her. She said, "I know," in a snide tone claiming that she wasn't afraid, she simply didn't like bees!
My intervention, no doubt viewed as annoying by the young girl, at least saved the life of that particular bee. But I got thinking about how these lovely creatures are so misunderstood. It's exactly that attitude of "Kill it!" that I would love to change to an excited utterance of "Ohhh, wow! Look at that! I see a bee!" Or "I see a beetle!" or whatever it is, but be excited with wonder and curiosity, not hate nor condemnation and not the desire to destroy. A child's curiosity should be sparked, then lit on fire and nurtured so that all life is embraced and better understood.
The quotes herein refer to humans toward other humans, but I think the message applies to all life. The young girl at the park who wanted to kill a bee because she didn't like it is an example of what happens when we lack understanding and knowledge. The bee no doubt frightened her and her reaction was to kill. In my opinion, the world will be a safer and better place to live when more people expand their compassion and understanding to include all forms of life.
Since mid-February, I've been visiting a honeybee hive at a
park near where I live. Scroll to the next blog for all kinds of
bee related info and more pictures.
I spent a half an hour today watching the individual bees
forage beneath the tree where their hive is located and
introduced them to some sugar water I brought for
them. I've given it to them before but had little success
getting them interested in it. Today was different. The
mixture was heavier on sugar and I soaked my hand in
the sticky water so much that it was dripping with the
sweet solution. I enticed bee after bee off their stick or
piece of wood by letting drops roll down by their
tongues. In no time they liked what they tasted and
wanted more. I put a small puddle in the middle of my palm and showed a few bees where to
get more than just a small taste. They stood at the rim of the puddle and used their straw like
tongue to lap it up. Three to four bees at a time walked up and down my fingers looking for the
sweet stuff. It was extraordinary.
What was equally extraordinary was feeling
the air conditioning coming from the bees that
were hovering above my hand! I got to feel the
power of their "wing fanning" and now
completely understand how they use their
wings to reduce moisture in the hive and
adjust the temperature.