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IN 2006, there were only 2.4 million beehive colonies that were recorded in the United States; less than half of its number from the 1950 record, according to Apis mellifera (The Honey Bee): A Teacher’s Companion.

Aerial spray and inorganic fertilizers were pointed out as the one of the main reasons for the massive decline of the number of bee colonies or Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

Why are bees so important? What is so alarming about losing them?

The bees are the main pollinators of the Earth. It is through them that the plants can reproduce and spread. Without the presence of the pollinators, the plants will wither and die. Albert Einstein once said, “If the bees disappear from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live.”

Perhaps, it is only in this materialistic age that people have forgotten the importance of these little creatures. We have grown overly sterilized that we regard the insects as harmful. In ancient times, people revered the bees. In the bible, it is mentioned many times that God had promised His people a land that is filled with milk and honey. Greek philosophers like Socrates often take as an example of imagery the bees. Even in the pharaohs’ tombs in Egypt, honey and wax was found as preservatives. In fact, the honey was used as symbol for Truth because of all the fluids in the world, only honey comes out as pure as it is. It does not need any chemical processes to become sweet as it is.

We have this kind of antipathy towards the bees and other insects. Anastasia, in the The Ringing Cedars of Russia series, have said that the ones who get stung by bees are those who have anger inside their hearts, the bees are special kinds of beings who cannot tolerate anger and negativity. Also, if someone waves aggressively when the bees are around, they are sure to sting. If someone approaches the hive with no intention to harm, then one can trust that all will be well. Now it makes sense when our grandparents would simply call out, “Wa’y tuba (There’s no wine here)!” when the bees start buzzing around. They don’t need to be driven out, they understand simple utterances.

The need to understand our antipathy towards these little creatures must be embraced. There is a call for communities to foster at least one beehive each. Or if that act is not yet doable for this time, then at least, plant more flowers. In this way, we will be helping the people who have taken on the task of beekeeping. One assignment that we can do with our children is to gather flowering seeds and spread it all over. When they would ask what this planting is all about, tell them that you want to give more food for the bees. When our children see what we are doing, then they will be able to appreciate in life what it means to care for other beings.

A Native Canadian poet Chief Dan George gives an engaging image of our demeanor and our awareness to enhance our feeling towards the natural world and find wisdom in it:

If you talk to the animals they will talk with you

And you will know each other.

If you do not talk to them you will not know them,

What you do not know you will fear.

What one fears one destroys.

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