bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, May 24, 2004

More apimorphism

Bees continue to provide analogies and metaphors for mankind. I bet you can't guess where this one from John Maxwell of the Jamaican Observer leads:
Anyone who has studied the honeybee soon realizes that bees make four types of cells: honeycomb cells and brood cells for Queens, Drones and Worker bees. Queen Bees lay the same eggs in every brood cell. Some cells are differently shaped and sized for Drones and Queens. When a hive loses a Queen it simply transfers an egg from a worker cell to a Queen cell, and presto, a new Queen. Queens go on laying eggs for life, once fertilized by a Drone.

Any human brain, fertilized by injustice, can, similarly produce a hero or a terrorist. As the careers of Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir and Ariel Sharon demonstrate, the differences between them may not be visible to the naked eye.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surely that's "apimorphism"?

12:27 am  
Blogger Turlough said...

Apimorphism — not beepomorphism — quite right. Duly corrected. How shall I put it? I was like a bee consuming fermented honey when building that cell.

8:33 am  

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