Bees travel far and wide in their search for food, pollinating the flowers in their path. Their endeavors guide them to traverse boundaries, including those set by humans. If bees didn’t do this, we would have neither fruits nor vegetables nor even flowers – much too little to eat and a significant decrease in beauty. Because the work of these insects is essential not only for us humans, but also for innumerable other creatures, we have to protect them. Given that the bees are unperturbed by our borders, we can also think of them as messengers of peace.
Our religions and humanistic traditions teach us to be charitable towards one another, act in moderation and preserve nature. Yet we humans have failed to create a world without discrimination, war and the exploitation of the Earth. We cling to our borders, forgetting that we are first and foremost humans dependent on this precious Earth and its diversity of living beings. The role model provided by bees could thus encourage us to act accordingly, overcoming (religious and other) boundaries in a united concern for the welfare of all. May the bees constantly remind us of peace and respect for life.
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What is the benefit of participating in Bees for Peace?
Anne von der Eltz, from the Shambhala Buddhist Community of Cologne, explains:
- Faith communities in the inner city can protect bees by setting up flowerbeds as feeding sites.
- Bees are already a part of the sacred scriptures of many religions.
- This project is thus an opportunity for faith communities to put the care of bees and nature into practice.
- Bees model the acceptance of others.
- This project offers a practical way for different faith communities to get to know each other.