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The Bee Hive
Is an emblem of industry, and recommends the practice of that virtue to all created beings, from the highest seraph in heaven to the lowest reptile of the dust. It teaches us that, as we came into the world endowed as rational and intelligent beings, so we should ever be industrious ones; never sitting down contented while our fellow creatures around us are in want, when it is in our power to relieve them, without inconvenience to ourselves.
When we take a survey of nature, we view man in his infancy, more helpless and indigent than the brute creation; he lies languishing for days, months and years, totally incapable of providing sustenance for himself, or guarding against the attack of the wild beasts of the field, or sheltering himself from the inclemencies of the weather.
It might have pleased the great Creator of heaven and earth to have made man independent of all other beings; but, as dependence is one of the strongest bonds of society, mankind were made dependent upon each other for protection and security, as they thereby enjoy better opportunities of fulfilling the duties of reciprocal love and friendship. Thus was man formed for social and active life; the noblest part of the work of God; and he that will so demean himself as not to be endeavoring to add to the common stock of knowledge and understanding, may be deemed a drone in the hive of nature, a useless member of society, and unworthy of our protection as Masons.
Originally posted by partycrasher
Mob rule is what this all sounds like to me.
I would disagree with those interpretations. Cults are ultimately about the leader—hives are about the collective.
Originally posted by luxordelphi
Another example of hive mentality, to me, would be the 'legions' of dark forces. These are what we call the cults of our days. There is the leader and there really isn't anyone else.
Communism is an attempt at hive in that there is the State and there is no one else.
Global domination is the ultimate hive, earth-wise, in that there is the dominator and there is no one else. Individual life becomes collateral damage or energy units to move the machine.