What’s With the Extraordinary Intelligence Bees?
Extraordinary Intelligence has gone through a variety of visual and content changes over the years. In my most recent renovation, I added a new mascot to the mix, which has left some people wondering… What’s With the Extraordinary Intelligence Bees?
When I started this site in 2009, I opted for the stereotypical black and green colors that graced most paranormal sites of the time (no offense to others who still use this color scheme. I still think it looks nifty). I accompanied that dark and moody color scheme with pictures of aliens, ghosts, and occult symbolism. I thought it was super cool. Here’s a screenshot of one of E.I.’s many evolving looks through the years:
Yes, my style very much reflected my mission at the time. I wanted to embrace and explore all things New Age, occult, mystical, magical, strange, macabre, and mythological.
I had a stated goal of reveling in the “unknown”, and I intended to make the look of my website one that projected that revelry. It worked for a number of years. I amassed a large audience of devoted fans and became one of the top rated “paranormal” blogs on the web.
Extraordinary Intelligence was my way of expressing the curiosity and confusion I had about the world around me. My worldview was always supernatural, but I had no idea how to contextualize it, so I became an equal opportunity embracer of all things spiritual, and fell prey to the lie that all paths lead to divinity. In fact, I was pretty certain I could create my own path.
My “spirituality” was a smorgasboard of belief systems. I was willing to accept almost anything as possible, with the exception of Christianity. My opinion of Christians was increasingly hostile. I was lost.
Fast forward to several years later. After having an incredible experience that changed my life forever, I became a Christian. This meant that an overhaul of Extraordinary Intelligence was in order. Rather than scrap the whole thing, I kept most of the content in place to serve as a record of my changing perspective, but I definitely had to cut out a lot of the crazy!
So, after pulling my little alien mascots from the site, I was left in a quandary. How should I brand the site now? I felt that slapping some religious symbolism on the site might seem a bit overboard and gratuitous, so I wasn’t sure what to do.
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I’ve always loved bees. Don’t get me wrong. When my physical self is in the immediate vicinity of an actual bee, I’m prone to doing a spastic dance of pure horror, but the bees themselves are magnificent. The buzzing little bee along with the amazing hives and honeycombs… and the wonderfully sweet honey that they produce, these are truly remarkable aspects of Creation.
Biblically, bees and hornets are alternately described as attackers and defenders, as well as providers of sustenance. Scripture contains many instances where honey and honey combs are described. Some of my favorites are:
My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Proverbs 24:13
Now the house of Israel called its name manna. It was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. Exodus 16:31
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
And of course, there are the many promises throughout scripture of a promised land flowing with milk and honey.
When I consider what it means to be a Christian, I think that the life of a bee paints a lovely picture. Bees live and thrive in an environment of pure fellowship. They rely upon one another to keep the hive alive. Bees go from place to place gathering nectar, and leave behind only sweetness. When threatened, they will defend the hive, but are not known to provoke confrontation. Bees travel far and wide, to every corner of the world, spreading their sweetness. As a Christian spreads the Gospel far and wide, so too does the bee share sweetness with the world.
Bees are crucial to our food supply, and without them, we’d be undernourished and ultimately we would perish. Similarly, Jesus Christ is crucial to our lives, and without Him and His word, our hearts and minds and spirits would never be fully nourished. Only through our belief on Him may we “not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
For all of these reasons, I decided that the humble buzzing bee would be the perfect mascot for Extraordinary Intelligence. Now you know 🙂
How Doth the Little Busy Bee
by Isaac Watts (1715)
How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!
How skilfully she builds her cell!
How neat she spreads the wax!
And labors hard to store it well
With the sweet food she makes.
In works of labor or of skill,
I would be busy too;
For Satan finds some mischief still
For idle hands to do.
In books, or work, or healthful play,
Let my first years be passed,
That I may give for every day
Some good account at last.
What’s With the Extraordinary Intelligence Bees?