Bees Butterfly Effect
A small change in a parameter might cause a drastic effect and in much greater magnitude is referred to as The Butterfly Effect. Bees create their own butterfly effect in many ways. We may learn a lot from this bees' effect and draw important lessons.
I shared the following image on beBee and it invited for some very interesting comments. This fact encouraged me to write this buzz. As you see from the image a small act may with a simple look at a bee and end up with a sting. What is interesting is what happens after the sting.
The buzz generated lovely feedback from prominent minds, to which I am very grateful. To accommodate for these views I am expanding on this graph by going beyond the Get the Sting phase in the above figure. I find a good way to incorporate all opinions by adding the Expanded Golden Circle and the Five Whys Tools as is shown in the figure below, The original Golden Circle addresses three questions: Why, How and What. In the Expanded Golden Circle I am adding also "Where" and "When" for reasons I am revealing later. Where and when cover the space-time relationship.
Let me illustrate by example. If you approach bees when they are hungry or thirsty they become aggressive. Because they are aggressive they try to rob other bees from their stored food. This makes the prey bees angry and a fight start. To alert the whole colony of a starting fight the bees release a pheromone. A "bees fight", in emulation of dogs fight, starts. As the fighting intensifies bees release more pheromones. The release of pheromones invites for more trouble as more bees join the battle. A positive feedback that quickly leads to havoc. Some bees get killed and their bodies invites for more pests and insects to feed on them. The bees fight that started as a small one ended in chaos. Now, if you get close enough to the fight and without protection you may get the sting. Not all stings are of same pain level. If you get it on the head it is less painful than getting it in the nose. So, selecting the wrong time (when) and the place where the bees were fighting combined determined to what extent to you were harmed. You may decrease the pain caused by the sting by how you treat it. Using false treatment methods may lead to the worsening of the pain.
Not all stings are bad. In fact, we need them sometimes if we want to advance. You may be aware of the analogy to fish. If you keep a tiny shark in a pond of fish the fish shall keep moving for fear of the shark may eat them. Likewise; ideas that are quiet in our minds may stay dormant. We need the bee sting to keep them moving and alive. On beBee we are the bees who sting each others' mind so that our thoughts may pollinate each other.
I dedicate this post to CityVP Manjit for he has been a real sting of ideas in my mind. Stings that keep ideas alive so that they may propagate and develop. He commented on he original buzz by saying "Instead of saying "Get the Sting" I would say "Get the Honey". We live in a society that is politically stung, and where marketing buzz is being highly questioned. No one will ever find fault with the land of milk and honey. This is after all the honey bee and it is the bumble bee that can sting many times and Bumbles don't make honey. Let's not be a bumble bee like the politician or the marketer - be the honey bee, protect the hive, and make the honey. Even if I compare the honeybee to a Samurai, it is in the romanticism of the Bushido Code, and not the true reality of actual Samurai history. Focus not on the sting for it a reminder of the stung". I welcome all of your stings, dear Manjit.
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