One of the activities I engage in everyday when possible is a walk along the Tomebamba River near my home in Cuenca, Ecuador. During this walking meditation my mind wonders along with that of the river. I love the sound of water. When the river is high, it blocks out the sounds of the city and my mind transcends to other worlds while my feet remain firmly in contact with the cobblestoned path. This path for a little while becomes a Yellow Brick Road into my own thoughts and life.

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This morning I saw half a dozen bees flying around one of the few plants still blooming this time of the year. It remains winter here. I recalled reading recently of the dramatic death of over 500,000,000 bees. This loss of half a billion bees occurred during the last three months in four of Brazil’s southern states. One beekeeper said his hives were decimated in less than forty eight hours after the first signs of the disorder appeared. 

The disorder spreads from one bee to the other, one hive to the next, one country to the world like a virus. The primary cause is thought to be found in the many pesticides used around the planet on the foods we eat everyday. With over 75% of the world’s crops dependent upon bees for pollination, I would venture a guest that the world’s food supply is in serious trouble. 

Right now, the world’s bees are being killed off in droves in a mysterious mass carnage known as colony collapse disorder.

Colony collapse disorder” is the phenomenon whose projected causes range anywhere from climate change to the excessive use of neonicotinoids, or nicotine-based pesticides, and so far has only been applicable to bees. But what is happening to the bees, the whales, and so many other species is a metaphor for what is happening to humankind. 

In psychology a disorder is a disturbance to the regular or normal functions of a subject. The bees for the possible reasons cited above are behaving differently. Whales are beaching themselves in greater numbers due to our introduction of plastics and chemicals into their environment and the global warming of our seas. Colonies of penguins are disappearing in mass. We have discovered mutations of bacteria and viruses which are immune to our methods to counteract them. The earth’s supply of fresh water is drying up. We are killing the planet with chemicals and pollution.

This singular blue sphere is our colony. Our colony is collapsing. We are the disorder. As go the bees, so goes human kind…

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Random thoughts and experiences while I walk and live to The Roll of the Rio Tomebamba.