Once, a bee was trapped in the treacherous spider’s web. The spider began taunting the bee: You bees are fools! Forever out of your hives into the outside world flying from flower to flower; collecting nectar and more nectar which, later on, you freely offer to one and all; you have never experienced what an easy and leisurely life it is! Actually, you die that others may live!
We spiders, on the contrary, never move out of our nets. We need not go to the outside world to satisfy our needs, nor are we foolish like you to try to satisfy others needs. We build our world and we live in it. You provide us with nourishment to sustain our lives and also keep building our world. We need not toil and moil. Our little spidery world is enough for us.
The bee replied: You spiders are prisoners of your own nets which you build from your inner entrails. Truly, you build your own prisons. You are caught in your own webs. You can’t bring joy or beauty to life. You sallow the outside world to build your make-belief spidery world. You cannot even guess the joys of being free, the exhilaration of moving from flower to flower, and of enjoying the scent of multi-colour petals. You are selfish and self-centered. You die without having lived. On the contrary, when we die, we have lived a full and fruitful life.
There are two attitudes towards life: the bees and the spiders. The one of the bees is outgoing, lived for others. The one of the spiders is self-centered, lived for oneself. What’s your attitude? Are you more of a bee or more of a spider?