Pollination of Inspiration


Bees act as pollinating agents. Bees on beBee platforms are indifferent. We read a buzz, get inspired, write a buzz and publish. Flowery ideas may go in many forms like bees do. They might go into complete metamorphosis, or stay as an egg, develop to larval and pupal stages before becoming adults.


This buzz started upon reading a post which resonated with me and authored by Karthik Rajan. The post reminded me of a promise that I made to my father at the age of ten by never gambling. I never did. This promise stops me from taking very risky issues. But, what shaped my identity more is refusing to accept "easy money". Cheating people by stealing their money, their time, their comfortΒ  and you name it are actions that I disrespect, the least to say.

I don't like stealing, but do we steal honey from bees? Is that ethical? This question suddenly popped up in my mind and found that indeed it is an issue. Bees produce honey and store it to live upon in winter. We steal it even before the bees mature enough to be able to starve for a while. The result is that bees die and their numbers are dwindling. Some authors steal the honey (ideas, works, publications and you name it) and accredit themselves with the "stolen honey". I wonder how money young bees starved to death because their managers stole their ideas and then drove the young talents out of the hive!Β 

Do we have to be ethical with bees if bees aren't ethical themselves? The bees throw out the drones (male bees) once they do their job of fertilizing new queens and especially when food supplies are limited.

We are living in the age of corroding identities and ethics. It is not only materials that corrode. When materials corrode they may turn into a powdery form which easily blows away. I hope we aren't turning into powders. We do when we lose our values. We gamble our futures. We become slaves to bad habits.

A gambler risks not only himself, but also his/her values as well. I know of a gambler who offered his wife to get money to gamble. The issue becomes terrible when gambling affects our environment. We pollute it and gamble our survival like we tend to over draw honey from hives and kill the bees. The bees are pollinators of about one hundred crops. The Bee Effect is operating again wherein what appears a personal issue scales up and cause great harm to all societies.

The Bee Effect has consequences not less than that of the butterfly effect

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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Indeed, it was your post that sparked the idea of this post Karthik Rajan. Please keep your inspiration.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
You are most welcome Tausif Mundrawala

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Deb Helfrich "What could I add to your very insightful line "The problem with humans is that we tend to only look at the world as a source to take from, rather than a source that supports us"? Honestly, very profoundly and eloquently you said it Deb. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Sara Jacobovici Thank you Sara for your good words and faith. I am planning to compile all bees-related buzzes into an e-book next month for free distribution.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #11

Very happy to hear of your new ebook coming out Ali Anani. A collection of your insights is a true treasure. As this buzz is full of gems. I found the following very powerful: "We are living in the age of corroding identities and ethics. It is not only materials that corrode. When materials corrode they may turn into a powdery form which easily blows away. I hope we aren't turning into powders. We do when we lose our values. We gamble our futures. We become slaves to bad habits." As long as you are able to put this out Ali, there is hope for things to take a turn for the better.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Tausif Mundrawala I wonder if your name means as it means in Arabic: accurate description. Your comment is simply a reflection of your name in its high quality.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Thank you Donna-Luisa Eversley. You leave me with one choice- to keep writing.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
@Jean L. Serio, CPC, CMC Thank you dean for your clarifying and pleasing info on the efforts of improving habitats for bees. Too late is better than never. But, as always, your comment poses a serious question: why do we wait till a problem becomes complex and then we give it due attention?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
With all honesty I feel a post of mine is "orphaned" without a comment from you dear Donna-Luisa Eversley. I love your spirit and sharing of your own experiences. There is a balance between taking risk and being conservative. The balance is dynamic meaning that the more info we have, the more risk we may dare. Gambling is risk and the balance is tilted to maximum risk. That is why I avoid it. Taking risk for a purpose I agree to. Like you said "Life is a bit of a gamble". I know I am not gambling when I say you are a truly nice person.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
I shall send you a copy with my sincere pleasure dear Dean Owen as soon as I publish the book next month

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #5

#5
I very much look forward to the e-book Ali Anani.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
debasish majumder Thank you for your lovely comment. Yes, the Bee Butterfly Effect of humans can escalate out of proportions. Bees sting to defend themselves, but human who steal ideas do it for what? Very illuminating comment dear Debasish and I welcome you here

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Thank you for your very illuminating comment Dean Owen. You are truly "Dean" of knowledge. I am going to cover very different aspects of bees and their relation to our behavior. My next buzz shall be on Collective Adaptations. Individual adapt, but adaptations of groups deserves more attention. I am planning to collect all bee-relevant buzzes in an e-book. Honey bookeepers use exactly your approach to defend against views that we steal honey from bees. But, there are also claims that we feed bees with sugar and take their honey. We "bluff" bees, according to them. I wish Javier C\u00e1mara Rica would read your comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Great question Chas Wyatt. There are movements that consider this stealing because the bee does the work and we humans consume it. My opinion is that as long as we take honey without jeopardizing the lives of bees by depriving them of honey to support them during winters this is OK.

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #1

You are becoming a bit of a Bee expert dear Ali Anani! Indeed our footprint as the dominant species is having an irreparable butterfly effect on our planet. This is survival of the fittest at work here, but what differentiates us from other species is our ability to recognise damage done and understand our moral obligation to slowdown or even halt the process of natural selection and prompt other species to flourish. The decline in the honeybee population could have dire consequences in agricultural processes, and a rapid decline may outpace advances in technology causing famine and starvation the likes we have never seen before. As for honey, well you needn't feel so guilty. Beekeepers do all they can to sustain bee populations.

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