Our fourth mission, Agents, is to unleash the power of generosity for the benefit of the Global Village and our well-being.
Agents, what comes to your mind when you think of the humble bumble bee, our friendly pollinator extraordinaire?
You may think of the bee as a him, but you would be immediately mistaken! Most people may not realize that the pollinators we see among wildflowers or in our gardens are actually all hard-working females. So let’s try again…
You may think of her black and white stripes, or the bumbling way she flies through the air. You might think about how she collects nectar and pollen going from flower to flower, and how they each become her food, like honey. But Agents, there is so much more to our friend, the bumble bee.
Because in fact, it doesn’t really make sense to think of a bee in terms of her individually. A bee may look like an individual insect, but she is actually part of a super-organism, known as a hive. Without her hive, our friendly bee literally could not survive. Each bee in her hive has a vital role to play to ensure the hive can survive and thrive as one, unified super-organism!
In essence, each bee must give their gifts generously to ensure every bee can live, just like our lungs breath the oxygen the heart beats, providing the nutrients to every cell in our bodies.
Yet can we really stop defining a bee at the limits of her hive? A hive would be nothing without their one and only source of food, the nectar and pollen that comes from flowers. And fascinatingly, flowers - and the plants they grow from - would not be able to survive and reproduce without pollinators, such as bees, transmitting their pollen from flower to flower!
It's a win-win relationship! Through mutual acts of generosity, both bees and flowers get what they need! Flowers provide generous amounts of nectar and pollen, and bees, without fail, take some for themselves while moving the rest from flower to flower.
In the following video, Agents Oprah Winfrey and Louie Schwartzberg will guide us through the mystery and science behind generosity.