The Lateral Organization (part 2)

A bee hive could be considered a kind of lateral organization but there are crucial differences. In a bee hive, there is equality but no individuals; each bee is defined by their role in the hive and is utterly replaceable. Even the queen can be replaced with another female. The base unit is the worker bee, which is not an individual so much as a role.

There are, in fact, only three roles in a bee hive— the worker bee, the drone, and the queen. Each bee is literally worked to death, and then replaced by another bee that functions in the role. The hive doesn’t care about an individual bee. Whether a drone or a queen, they are replaceable parts of a machine. The bee society draws its strength from this structure: its purpose is to merely survive, not grow. The intent of the hive is the survival of the hive, not the wellbeing or growth of the individual within it.

~ Excerpt from The Avatars of Eden

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