Wednesday Vignette – order


A bee hive is a functional society where all members adhere to the same, set rules. One would think achieving this kind of calm complicity, would be a huge accomplishment for any specie. If we ever wanted to, (which I doubt) I think we could learn a lot from bees. I bet the amount of chaos, deception, deliberation, misinterpretation, strife, violence, and smoke and mirrors in their society, is negligible compared to ours. How else could it be when everyone just falls in line without protest…? I wouldn’t go as far as to say that this is because theirs is a matriarchy and ours is not, but it’s a fun idea to play with, all the same. After the couple of mad weeks we’ve just endured, it’s kind of nice to rest one’s eyes on a house in relative order. Even if their formula will never fully translate to us.

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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16 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – order

  1. Tina says:

    As a backyard beekeeper, it’s been quite fascinating to learn about their complicated biology. Don’t forget though, that they have no qualms about kicking out (and killing) those members of the community who don’t quite fit in. In that way, maybe we’re not so different?

  2. Tina says:

    Of course, I guess I should add that the ones kicked out for being useless are the drones, whose only purpose is to mate with the queen, so take that into consideration. 🙂

  3. Peter Herpst says:

    Food for thought. We could bee better but human nature really hasn’t changed all that much over time – we’re kind of an ugly specie. My WV is here:

  4. Kris P says:

    Bees are hard-wired to follow the dictates necessary to their survival. While I wouldn’t want humans to lose their appetite for free expression, I do wish we humans had some of the same in-built appreciation for the need to work with, not against, nature before we destroy our own world. My own WV is a light take on the challenges, as well as the enjoyment, of living alongside those who have a different set of imperatives:

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, a mix between how bees operate, and the political propaganda machine we’re currently enjoying, remind me a little of ‘A Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley. Extremely rigid and inflexible, layered with across the board indoctrination.

  5. You had me chuckling with this line….”I wouldn’t go as far as to say that this is because theirs is a matriarchy and ours is not, but…”

    My WV this week is simple…

    • annamadeit says:

      You know, I once saw a photo of microscopically enlarged testosterone – it looks EXACTLY like how it manifests itself. It looks like shards of glass, pointy and sharp, and exceptionally suitable for hurting someone with. It’s pretty amazing…

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  7. mmwm says:

    On the other hand, a little messiness can be nice … Mine is here:

  8. Wouldn’t it be great if candidates debated by performing a dance, the way bees explain the location of food.

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