Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Bees Are Dying

Humans are not the only ones distracted by cell phones.

Yes, the honey bees that pollinate everything from flowers to crops are dying or at least they are disappearing. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the phenomenon that describes the abandoning of bees from their nests.

This might sound silly at first. Why is it such a big deal? Here’s the crux of the problem: if the bees don’t pollinate the flowers of crops, then we don’t get the rewards of those crops – food. Our food sources become severely depleted.

So what is the cause of the disappearing bees? Scientists believe the use of a cell phone causes bees to become disoriented. According to a German study ( ), the radiation from cell phones disrupts the bee’s navigation systems. Disoriented, the bees can’t find their way home.

As many as 24 states in the U.S. have reported losses of 50 to 90 percent of their bee colonies. (With such loss, this problem becomes just as important as global warming, doesn’t it?)

Are we that different from bees?

Many times we use the “radar” in the business of life to keep track of our spiritual life. Ultimately we want to focus on the goal of eternal life, but are soon distracted by other things. Daily life here on earth draws our attention to competing issues that seem big at the time: our houses, our cars, what vacation we need and even what shoes we are wearing. We begin to hone in on things that seem important, but in the end should remain on our periphery.

When bees get lost from their homes, they wander aimlessly, they don’t eat and they eventually die. When we don’t feed our lives spiritually, we wander aimlessly too. Feeding our spiritual lives is what keeps our radar working and keeps us coming “home” for nourishment.

So the next time you’re on your cell phone, remember the bees. But also remember that when you become distracted by other things, you lose your life’s radar too.

1 comment:

Jan Parrish said...

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