I keep saying in this blog that bees haven’t really changed since their beginnings. Well, guess what? I’m not too sure people have changed much either. We have increased our technology and our languages. But have we changed in any substantive way? Are human beings any different than they were a couple of million years ago?
I once was asked in a class to explain how people have changed over the course of history. My answer, I’m sorry to say, was that as people became more “civilized,” they simply increased the distance over which they could hurt each other.
Think about it. A bee butts a person to scare him away from the hive. As a last resort, the bee will sting, thereby killing herself. This has been true for more than 140 million years. Now think about people. We, like bees, used to be able to hurt people only if they were close by, within arm’s length of us. Then, with such tools as language and weapons, we gradually extended the range over which we could cause pain.
On the other hand, we’ve also increased the distance at which we can cause joy. A phone call from my sister or a dear friend can brighten my day considerably, no matter how far that person is from me geographically. A well-written book brings me joy even if the author is on the far side of the county—or the globe—or on the far side of the grave.
Bees still have to “bee” right next to each other to communicate, but we can reach each other happily at any distance. What a relief. Maybe there’s hope for us humans after all.
BEEattitude for Day # 134:
Blessed are the children, for they shall be the harvesters of tomorrow.
One thing Fran is grateful for right now:
My dear friend Lyn, who knows about “Human Design”