The second half of this article looks at how different modern bee-investigators have interpreted the beehive-utopia linkage in drastically different ways depending on their own political inclinations, as well as how contemporary scientists are continuing to, in a perhaps qualitatively new way, dream with bees of a better world for humans and other living things.
We humans love to tell ourselves stories about how, at some point in the future, our society will be made perfect—that is, about a place called utopia.
Given their scope, power, and destructive capacity, natural disasters clearly pose complex challenges for both professionals and non-professionals in the medical, public health, and political arenas.
I first met Kabir years ago while serving as the chaplain of an in-patient psychiatric unit at a large teaching hospital. I often joined patients for lunch in the common area: sharing a meal provided an easy way to introduce my role as a spiritual care provider and to hear and share stories in a non-threatening and open environment.
Very early in my training, a middle-aged mother of two school-age children was referred to me for psychiatric care. In the past, she had struggled with periods of depressed mood, but she had never sought treatment. She came to me after, as she described it, her husband had “dropped her off” at the hospital and she was sent to me.
Mt. Horeb is an evangelical Christian organization whose mission is to “set free those held captive by Satan through a ministry of fasting and prayer.”
When questioned about the audience for whom she writes, Toni Morrison replies: “Only me.”
A deep reading of what Jurassic Park has to say about gender, creation, hubris, and the meaning of the “natural.”