Posted 10 years ago on April 10, 2012, 5:29 p.m. EST by jrhirsch
from Sun City, CA
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In a small valley live 100 bees. The bees forage for flower nectar to make into honey. 99 of the bees are speedy fliers, quickly flying from flower to flower gathering nectar, but their search is haphazard, not knowing when or where the flowers are in bloom. They work all day but only make enough honey to meet their daily needs.
The other bee is a slow flyer, but knows where all of the species of flowers are in bloom and at what time. She also works all day but is only able to make enough honey to meet her daily needs. Now the bees have a meeting and decide to form a beehive. They agree that the slow flying bee will remain at the hive, doing what she does best, directing the faster flying bees to the flowers that are in bloom, changing their once disorganized method of gathering into a very efficient one.
Using this method they doubled their production of honey, even though each bee worked the same number of hours as before. Instead of barely surviving, they now have a surplus. The bees all gathered and viewed the great stores of honey and were very pleased. Then the single bee stood up and said, "how shall we divide the surplus honey among ourselves? If it wasn't for my knowledge of flower blooming times and locations, you would still be gathering only enough nectar to survive. Thanks to me, we are rich, and because of my special talent, which none of you possess, I deserve a greater share of the honey. You should be glad I don't take it all." The 99 bees protested, "but our superior flying is just as great a talent as your knowledge and equally as important. It's because of our speed that so much honey was produced. Without us, you would barely survive."
How should the surplus honey be divided among the bees, and most importantly, why? Please take some time and think about this before you respond.