draft: “The Queen’s instruction”

The Queen and her child were calmly walking through the royal garden. The child asked “why are some flowers already open and other flowers are just beginning to open?”

The Queen said “I don’t know exactly why. I notice that some sunflowers are very large while all the daisies are quite small. Why are some big and some small?”

“I really don’t know,” said the child. “However, when I look to the trees in the distance, I do see that some trees are very tall, others are very wide, and a few are both thick and wide.”

 

 

 

“We can notice,” said the Queen, “that there are many different kinds of plants. Plus, even with the same kind of tree, there are some very young trees that are only as tall as you, right? And right next to them are some older trees of the same kind that are much bigger.”

“Look at this bush,” said the child. “There are holes in the leaves of this bush, but none of the other bushes have damaged leaves like this.”

“There are bugs eating the leaves of that one and making those holes,” the Queen said. “If the bugs keep eating a lot of the leaves on this bush, then the bush may die.”

“And what will the bugs eat next if they kill this bush?” The child asked “Will they starve?”

“I doubt it. They will just start to eat another bush. Look, here is a bush that might not be getting as much water as it needs,” the Queen added. “These leaves do not have any holes, but they are pale and thin. They almost look like they would fall off of the branch in a strong breeze.”

 

“Hey!” The child said with excitement. “A bee just zipped past my ear. It was the biggest bee that I have ever seen. How did it get so huge? It was loud, too!”

“Well, I do know a few things about bees,” said the Queen. “One thing about bees is that there are different small groups within every big group of bees. There are bees that fly out of the hive like the one that just passed you. Those bring back food. There are other bees that stay in the hive and take care of other jobs, like fanning the hive with their wings to keep it cool and feeding the young bees, which are actually tiny worms. Did you know that?”

“Worms? But mom, worms don’t have wings, do they?” the child wondered.

“Not while they are still worms, said the Queen. “Here is how it all works. First, each bee begins as a single tiny egg inside a little tunnel. Eventually the worm breaks out of the egg and then the other bees bring food to it while it stays in it’s own private tunnel. When the worms reach a certain size, almost filling up the tunnel, then their bodies basically start to melt in to a soft little sack like a chicken’s egg but without the hard shell.”

The child was shocked. “You mean melt like ice?” asked the child.

“Yes, but more like butter melting. Then, after the worm melts to form that sack, next all of that worm juice in the sack completely fills up the tunnel and it finally grows wings. After it grows wings, then it breaks through the top of the sack and comes out of the tunnel for the first time.”

“Hold on. That is totally gross! Are you joking?” asked the child. After a few moments while silently looking at each other, the child probed the queen further. “Okay, so if that is true, then where do those tunnels come from?”

The Queen calmly answered, “the other bees make the tunnels out of wax.”

“You have an answer for everything, don’t you?” the child remarked. “So, what exactly is wax?”

“It is kind of like a dried sweat or even more like a dried pus or oil that comes out of the entire body of the bees through the skin. They use their mouths to mold it in to their nest. Their nest is their house and, like a house for humans, it can have a bunch of rooms in it. Instead of lots of different rooms, the bees make a house that is basically a bunch of identical little rooms or tunnels that are all next to each other.”

“Wait, so you are saying that this house of tunnels is built out of wax,” said the child. “I get that, but where does the wax come from before it comes out of their skin? You are trying to gross me out, aren’t you?”

“Hey, I am just answering your questions. We can stop talking about this if you wish,” said the Queen pausing to take a deep breath. “Anyway, they make it out of honey, which is a sweet jelly that they make from eating the juice of those flowers.”

“I know what honey is, mom,” said the child. “I’m not a baby.”

 

“I agree,” said the Queen.

“You agree with what?” asked the child.

“You are not a baby,” said the Queen. “But before you were a baby, you did start out as a little worm inside of a sack. So, have you ever seen the really large bee called a queen bee?”

“Okay, I get it now. You are just joking with me,” said the child. “And yeah, of course I know what a queen bee is.”

“Maybe I am joking and maybe not, “said the Queen. “I have a question for you now though. Why is the queen bee different from the other bees?”

“Well, it is bigger and it can have babies,” said the child.

“That is how it is different,” said the Queen. “Why is it different? What causes it to be so much bigger?”

“Look, I don’t know. I’m just a kid!” the child protested. “How am I supposed to know this stuff and who cares anyway?”

 

“It is important to me. I want you to know how this stuff works and soon you will know why I want you to know. That will come later,” said the Queen. “First, though, I can tell you why the queen is different. I was just wondering if you might have an idea of your own already. So, let’s focus on a similar issue and gradually come back to the queen bee.”

< Chapter 2 >

The Queen swung her hand to keep a bee away from her face and then pointed the child’s attention back to two bushes and asked, “Why are the leaves on this bush dry and brittle while the leaves on this similar bush are soft and flexible?”

“Well, the dry bush is right in the sun all the time so it never gets any shade. Whatever water it has been getting is not enough,” said the child. “It either needs more water or more shade.”

“Or both,” added the Queen. “And the queen bee is so much bigger and stronger than the other bees for similar reasons. The queen is also fertile, which means she can have babies, but there are many other bees that never mature to be point of fertility. Because only the queen bee can create new bees, she is very valuable to the future of the bee colony. The queen will be firecely defended by the other bees. Many bees will sacrifice their lives to preserve the life of one queen.”

“But what makes her in to the queen,” asked the child.

“Like I said, she is kind of like a soft leaf on this shaded bush and the other bees are like dry leaves on that bush in the sun.”

“Okay, so she gets more shade, right?” asked the child

“No, actually she gets the same amout of shade as the other bees, so what else could it be?” asked the Queen.

“Maybe she gets more water,” the child offered.

“Close,” said the queen. “While all of the other bee worms are getting fed regular honey, the queen bee is fed something called royal jelly. It has more nutrients than regular honey. The queen bee is actually the sister of hundreds of other bees, but the queen is given special nutrition to allow the queen to eventually develop all the way to fertility. Only the queen bee will be able to lay eggs in the wax tunnels to create new bees.”

“That’s all?” asked the child. “It is just her diet that makes her different?”

“Yes, just the diet” said the Queen. “That is it.”

“But why is that specific bee chosen to be fed the royal jelly and to be made in to a queen bee?” asked the child.

 

“Do you think that maybe in a past life she was very obedient and so she was rewarded with reincarnation as a queen,” said the Queen. “And what about this bush that is in the sun?”

“What about it?” asked the child.

“You know that this bush grew out of a seed. When that particular seed was landing on the ground here next to all of the other seeds from the same fruit, do you think that this seed was more rebellious than the others and was punished by Santa Claus by being stuck somewhere with more sunlight?”

“No, it is just a seed,” said the child.

“What about the Queen bee? Is that bee worm being rewarded for her past good behavior?” sked the Queen.

“You just said that she is just the same as any other bee worm except that she is fed the royal jelly,” said the child.

“I did say that, yes, but now that you have said it, too, you may have answered your own question,” suggested the Queen. “Why is that bee chosen?”

“Well, I don’t know. One worm is just chosen. That could be all there is to it,” said the child.

“So, why do I want you to know about why the Queen bee is different,” asked the Queen.

“Is it because one day I am going to be queen, too,” asked the child?

“Exactly,” said the Queen. “You do not need to justify it or defend it. You are just the queen. That is all there is to it.”

“What if another tribe tries to take over our land?” said the child. “What if another ruler wants to take over the throne here?”

“Our soldiers will defend our land,” said the Queen.

“I know they will. But why do the soldiers risk their lives to keep one queen in power? Do they think that some other queen will rule them differently?” the child asked.

“Yes, most of the soldiers believe that other queens would be much different- much worse for them. It is the duty of the rulers to train the soldiers to do their jobs well. We govern what the soldiers believe- or at least what they say to each other. For instance, the soldiers must not think of this as just our land, but as theirs, too. We must instruct them in where to direct their attention, next how to interpret what they notice, and finally how to respond to their programmed interpretations. The training of the armies may be the most important task in the entire empire.”

“Tell me more,” said the child. “Why is training the soldiers so important?”

“I will tell you soon,” said the Queen, “but that is enough for today. Now it is time to go and eat some food that is fit for royalty.”

“Like royal jelly,” said the child.

“Yes,” said the Queen. “But these lessons that I am teaching you as we walk through the garden are also like a royal jelly that will make you different from the others. These conversations will prepare you to be fit to rule over the soldiers who themselves rule over the common people by force. The loyalty of the army is essential to scaring the common people in to obeying the royal laws that keep the multitude doing the things that it is good for us for them to do.”

“I know, mom,” said the child. “I know that right now there are hundreds of people gathering food which they will bring back and offer to us. It is because of their labor and their loyalty that there is a waitress waiting in our dining room for me to come and tell her what to bring me to eat. Then, she will just do it.”

“Yes, it is because we are sacred to all of these people, including the soldiers. They are very important,” said the Queen. “We will discuss this later.”

< Chapter 3 >

NOTES:
The issue of a relaxed faith (as totally distinct from blindly following tradition out of social anxiety)

What gives currencies value
what do we tell soldiers so that they are willing to risk their lives (regarding rewards in a heaven of eternal paradise)

the origin of religions

The issue of making certain ideas forbidden and then ridiculing them in order to govern public opinion

 

the importance of shaming the masses

the importance of social anxiety

the importance of curriculum (to distract, to train by rewarding blind conformity, etc)

How to make the masses “blinded” (so that the rulers will be the only ones who can see clearly what is going on)

promoting pre-occupations, confusion about basic nature of health, language, society, etc

restraint of emotions labeled “negative”

welcoming emotions that are potentially disruptive through safe, cautious rituals

restraint of sexuality in particular


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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