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December 14, 2019

Like Bees, not as Flies

Bees are the symbols of industry and cooperation. The familiar saying ‘as busy as a bee’ is of course derived from the industrious nature of bees. Honey bees have thus become symbols of work, cooperation, busyness and organization. Moreover, social bees, honey and bumble bees, can live in colonies and are cooperative, organized, industrious and intelligent, working with tireless diligence to store and produce food.
Bees live harmoniously to safeguard their community without damaging the environment. The treatise of Dhammapada carries the teaching of Buddha taking examples of the bees;
‘In the village, a sage should go about
Like a bee, which, not harming
Flower, colour or scent,
Flies off with the nectar’.
As the global communities are interrelating each other, any action of one community can affect another. The degree of effect may depend closeness or relations. However, every action should not harm others personally or communally.
Lebanese artist, poet and writer Kahlil Gibran wrote a poem titled ‘Give and Take…’
For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love
And to both, bee and flower,
The giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy.
Every community should not pose risk to each other as the flies spread diseases. Therefore, civilized world should establish a caring and humane society for a fair and efficient global welfare.

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