Pungent, but Real Stories

Pungent, but Real Stories

It amazes how plants distribute where you may find abundance of a plant in most parts of the world versus some plants where they find their niche for survival in limited areas. Plants which blossom regardless of their abundance need to be pollinated by birds, insects, animals and wind to carry their pollens to other similar plants.
To attract pollinators, plants use different strategies and mostly rewarding strategies such as providing inviting landing surfaces, colors, scents and combination of these attractants.

What puzzles me mostly is the tendency of some plants to attract pollinators using pungent smells such as rotten meat smell-like to attract flies. Why would some insects favor pungent smells when they could find nearby flowers with lovely smells to visit?

Take the corpse flower as an example. This flower looks attractive, but smells like corpses. It depends on flies as pollinators. The flies prefer to lay their eggs in dead places and so the smell of corpses attracts them. The corpse flower gets pollinated by the flies before leaving. This behavior reminds me of the behavior of a real man whom I knew when I was a child. I am not making up this story and it is real. In a village where workers used to gather for lunch one worker used to spit in the pot which contained the shared lunch. Workers avoided eating the food being disgusted by the idea of eating food with the spit in it. All food was left for the stingy worker.


A second story that I remember from my childhood is a taxi driver hitting a donkey and killing it. That donkey was owned by a very stingy man. So, the driver went to him and offered him money in compensation for the killed donkey. OK, the owner said. But how much money you want, the driver asked. The owner responded come tomorrow and we shall weigh the donkey. You have to pay per weight. The driver came back next day, but the owner told him to return tomorrow as he was too busy with other things at hand. The same thing happened on the second day. On the third day they weighed the dead donkey and the driver paid the owner his dues. Before leaving, the driver asked the owner how come he waited for three days to collect his money. The owner replied by telling the driver "you are stupid to have accepted. A dead body collects water up to three days and then it starts to lose it. For three days the donkey weight was increasing. I didn't wait for nothing". It is not only flies that visit corpse bodies and there are humans who do the same.

The strategy of "wait before weight" is a pungent one. There is a big lesson in these stories. Plants that use bad smells for pollination are rare and their growth capacity is limited. The spaces available for following such strategies are limiting. It is not surprising that real bees visit fragrant flowers. Be a genuine bee.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
That you picked this buzz to share is the signal that you are a genuine bee my dear Fatima Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #24

#30
Thank you dear Ali Anani The stories of the bees and flowers is sensational. There's so much wonder in the way nature works with us. I love the statement " Be a Genuine bee ! Life is indeed filled with fragrant and pungent things, people and actions. Is it possible to turn these pungent smells to fragrant smells. People who wear masks dont reveal their fragrances. Is this how we are tricked into the wrong place, people or actions. I'm thinking πŸ€” Lovely buzz dear Ali Anani.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
There is a reason for everything dear Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD. May be if they find out why these "bees" do what they do we may find new discoveries. I prefer not to work with negative negativity and try to find ways to make it positive positivity. At least we shall end up with new creative approaches that would be extensible to other areas in our lives.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
It seems to me the scale is insignificance - from individual to global and from seconds to years. Yes, I agree

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Fresh and rereshing thoughts Tausif Mundrawala

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #20

#19
More than rational . I think it's more related to survival. I think we need to know the difference not only, as you say " to move forward and experience fragrant times", but to protect ourselves from ingesting harmful vegetation.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
I hope one day we share writing a buzz dear Kevin Pashuk. You are a photographer in words as well. Your example put a great smile on my face and is very relevant. Thank you:)))

Kevin Pashuk

Kevin Pashuk

5 years ago #18

There is so much in nature to marvel at, and learn from, isn't there Ali Anani? Your pondering is much appreciated. The second part of your post reminded me of a story from my mother's childhood. She came from a family of 9 children and it was in the 1930's in rural Canada. The great depression was on, but those that lived on farms did have food, but it was scarce. The family would share a loaf of bread with meals, with one slice cut for each person. My mother's younger brother loved bread and would regularly endure the punishment he received as a result of grabbing several slices of the bread and licking them. While his butt hurt, he did get to eat the bread since none of his siblings would eat it.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Sara Jacobovici in my buzz Soapy Social Behaviors identification and attraction are related to each other. I wonder what you think? Thank you for making, as usual, a very interesting comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I published a buzz today "Soapy Human Behaviors" to answer the thoughtful question of Sara Jacobovici

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Yes, I do Sara Sara Jacobovici and i is a dynamic one as well. I love the distinction between attachment or attraction and identification. My turn to think again

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #14

#13
I think that you present a very wise perspective Ali Anani. And you provoked me to think about the distinction between "attraction" and "identification"; in nature we are predisposed to be attracted to those things in our internal and external environments which will be of benefit to us. Yet our human nature is drawn to aspects (such as heroes and antagonists) that we connect with through identification. Would you say that this distinction falls along that porous dividing line?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
I shall respond to highlight CityVP Manjit

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
With seriousness I say Sara Jacobovici yes, pairing is there. WE can't have one without the other. However; we have reference- that is our favoritism. In stories for example, they are only interesting if they have a conflict. We are biased to the hero and hate the antagonist. The hero has people who hate him and likewise the antagonist has people who stand by him. There is a porous dividing line. In solutions we have unsaturated one, saturated one and oversaturated one. If we change the temperature a shift takes and the saturated one may move this direction or the other. I wonder what you think!

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

5 years ago #11

I'll start with the answers backward. Dear Manjit, I couldn’t answer earlier because I have had many weekend chores to do, and don’t have much time to spend on socials. My simple writing cannot be compared with your poetic approach to this topic (or any other, by the way). Because I am not a person of many words I always try to express my thoughts in a simple and understandable way, especially when I write in English, which is not my mother tongue. Every post of dear Ali Anani consists of so many levels that urge us gently towards being contemplative. Smelly plants found their places under the sun in a competitive battle with other plants for enabling procreation. The evolution has led to the emergence of these species and it is built into DNA of the plants, as well as the flies and bumblebees are being attracted by this smell, not by choice, but by nature. But people are conscious beings and they are choosing whether to be attracted to the fragrance or to the stench of rotting. Those who have chosen the smell of rooting did that because their nature (acquired or inherited) is stronger than their ability to judge what is right and wrong and act in accordance with moral virtues. Looking at what is happening in the world today, my conclusion is that there is a huge number of rotten and evil people. It's a harsh reality. Luckily, the good still prevails over evil otherwise the world would have looked completely different. Obviously, there are much more than 1% of good people who have chosen to visit fragrant flowers.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #10

Forgive me Ali Anani's comment. Thank you Dr. Ali for pointing out the diversity of nature and our human nature.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you dear debasish majumder. With your kind permission I called the strategy "wait before weight". I wonder my friend if plants don't do what they do purposefully. For a flower to attract a bee it provides the bee with all the convenience possible to visit. Even some plants change color to red to tell the bees "we are short of nectar- don't visit". Is this intentional or not? I doubt if it could be purely random. This is why we get inspirations from plants. As for the rest of your comment I agree. Not all that has luster is gold and some people have the luster to allure others. Thank you for sharing your thoughts my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
I leave the response for Lada Prkic is addressed to her. I just want to highlight the use of slivers of time. This is sheer beauty. Few words that carry lots of meaning.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

5 years ago #7

#5
Dear Lada I found that I was living in the slivers of time and not the fullness of time. In the slivers of horror I was protected greatly as a child but I saw those slivers cut others leaving no mark other than what was burned into their psyche. The slivers I gained are trivial in comparison to others but I too remembered slights and remarks but these were not a desecration of the human spirit or a deep psychological wound. Once I began living in the fullness of time I noticed that the good do outweigh the evil, but it is the evil that are disproportionate in our mind. Evil registers as a sliver of memory while we pass by the good, yet in the fullness of time I get out my calculator and I make a pact with God, that I will focus on the good - and then I make an unreasonable assumption that only 1% of the world is good and 99% is evil. Then my calculator tells me 7 Billion x 1% equates to 70 million good people in the world - now I see I don't need to make this pact with God unless I choose to live in the slivers of time. In the fullness of time I have at least 70 million good brothers and sisters - and that is calculated when I am being the pessimist. Yes there are ravages in the slivers but can we get to fullness?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Dear Lada Prkic- I have noticed that people who come from the same family may show either the fragrant character or the pungent one. This raised doubts in my mind whether such behaviors are acquired versus inherited. I fail to understand the reason. It is the same that makes me completely puzzled by behaviors of people killing innocents on the streets. What purpose they serve except planting hatred and suspicion. I confess that my drive to post this buzz was triggered by a message that showed such behaviors. COuld it be grudge stored in the chest for undeclared reasons. I want to finish by quoting again from the comment of CityVP Manjit below "If those bee's be fewer in number, that is what Newton found, that is what Tim found, but the fragrance is still here. We have it. The pungent is merely a reality, the fragrance a lifetime of vision and practice. I do not cry for the pungent, I sing in joy of finding the fragrant".

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

5 years ago #5

These weird plants have evolved their 'smelly ability' for the reason of procreation. But what would be the reason for human behaviour you described, Ali Anani, other than they were born or raised with a character flaw and a lack of human traits? While the plants that use smell of rotten meat for pollination represent far less than 1% of total species of flowering plants, I think that the rotten people make far greater percentage.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
I wish all that all bees would read your comment dear CityVP Manjit. SUrely, you are one of the people on my hot list I wish I would meet with in person. Like darkness and light, fragrance and pungent (I don't know if pungent has a noun) they co-exist. We enjoy the fragrance on the background of its opposite. Yes, like you said, with slight modification, we do not cry for the pungent, we sing in joy of finding the fragrant. It is the pungent that makes the fragrant more so. Let us spread the fragrance together.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

5 years ago #3

I was born in the year 1961 and a few months after I was born, a man called Newton Minow felt that unless he spoke to his industry members a rather pungent development would be unaddressed and he felt that he should at least present a picture of what television could be. He called this speech The Vast Wasteland http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/newtonminow.htm Yet I grew up watching the Vast Wasteland because the rest of the industry were attracted by what Minow saw as pungent. It took nearly 50 years before I would know of this speech, I had landed on the fragrant flower, this was was my first landing. The second landing was the arrival of the Internet. I had discovered the Internet rather late in the year 1998 and again unknown to me is a man who wanted the internet to be a fragrant flower. His name is Tim Berners-Lee. Today he is called the father of the Internet because he gave away his technology for free - because he did not want to profit on his technology, his vision was larger. Just like Newton Minow he saw a greater world ahead and this meant way more to him than becoming a billionaire. http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/today-was-the-day-the-gift-of-the-web-was-given/ Now the third landing, his name is Ali Anani. Why are people attracted by the pungent rather than the fragrant? The pungent will not stop us from wanting the world Newton wanted or the world Tim wanted - because those worlds are still in play and they are in our hands - the few and not the many. We move forward because the fragrant is what we see. If those bee's be fewer in number, that is what Newton found, that is what Tim found, but the fragrance is still here. We have it. The pungent is merely a reality, the fragrance a lifetime of vision and practice. I do not cry for the pungent, I sing in joy of finding the fragrant.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
I hope so Mamen Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #1

Let's be genuine bees!! πŸ’–

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