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In 1923 Rudolf Steiner anticipated the dire kingdom of the honeybee this present day. He stated that, inside fifty to 80 years, we'd see the implications of mechanizing the forces that had formerly operated organically within the beehive. Such practices comprise breeding queen bees artificially. the truth that over sixty percentage of the yankee honeybee inhabitants has died in the past ten years, and that this development is continuous worldwide, should still make us conscious of the significance of the problems mentioned in those lectures. Steiner started this sequence of lectures on bees according to a query from an viewers of employees on the Goetheanum. From actual depictions of the day-by-day actions of bees to the main increased esoteric insights, those lectures describe the subconscious knowledge of the beehive and its connection to our adventure of future health, tradition, and the cosmos. Bees is key interpreting for somebody attracted to knowing the real nature of the honeybee, in addition to those that desire to heal the modern drawback of the beehive. Bees contains an essay by means of David Adams From Queen Bee to Social Sculpture: The creative Alchemy of Joseph Beuys. The artwork and social philosophy of Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) is likely one of the such a lot influential of the 20th century. He used to be strongly motivated through Rudolf Steiner's lectures on bees. the basic imagery and its dating to human society performed an incredible function in Beuys's sculptures, drawings, installations, and function paintings. Adams' essay on Beuys provides a complete new size to those lectures, mostly thought of to be directed extra in particular to biodynamic tools and beekeeping.

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It has happened before that when the master of a dog died, the dog went to its master's grave and died there because it couldn't easily get used to a new master. So why can't you assume that bees, known for having a very fine sense for chemical substances, can perceive all these things, that they can become so accustomed to a particular beekeeper that they are unable to do an about-face and immediately accept a Lecture Three • 61 new beekeeper? There is something very important upon which all of this is based.

This is what I wanted to say about this matter. It is important n o t to lump all these conditions together and to ask a general question about how to treat someone who gets indigestion from honey but rather to say to yourself that if someone can't tolerate honey at a given age, it is evidence of illness. A healthy person can tolerate honey without any problems. If someone doesn't tolerate it, that person is ill, and you must seek the nature of the illness and cure it. Not to be able to tolerate honey isn't as serious as not being able to tolerate sugar, such as in the condition of diabetes mettitus.

Dr. Steiner: Let's investigate, so that we can discuss this matter rationally, how bees can recognize the beekeeper who tends them. You passed judgment on this matter based on your normal understanding of such things, and this is completely justified. But now I want to tell you something. Imagine that you have a friend with whom you became acquainted in, let's say, 1915 [table VII, page 164]. This friend remains here in Europe, and you go to America and return again in 1925. Your friend, let's assume, lives in Arlesheim, where you happen to see him and recognize him and remember who he is.

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