As a child, I was regularly force-fed healthy foods (cod liver oil, royal jelly…etc)! Years later, reminiscing about the old days, I remembered this ‘cure-all’ royal jelly. Being more pragmatic about just how beneficial these supplements were, I did some research to try and distil reality from market hype . First check on the internet and I found that its benefits were exaggerated. So next time on a family trip we stopped by a honey seller on the mountains in Turkey and I advised against buying it. I was told that I was wrong, that it is useful. So I checked up again, this time reading in more detail what exactly royal jelly is, why bees produce it, and what its effects are.
This time I came across the most fascinating fact: that bees produce royal jelly and feed it in copious amounts to several small larvae in order to create queen bees (which keep the colony going). They do this when they have lost their queen bee (due to death, or because she flew away… probably because she just got tired of giving birth 2000 times a day!)
How interesting! Bees know that their society cannot survive without a leader. So on losing their existing leader, society works together to create a new leader. Their definition of a leader? Someone who creates more of those who ‘contribute to society’ (worker bees). Is there not something we can learn from this?