An Ancient Tale from Greece
Zeus, the king of Mount Olympus, was giving out gifts one day to all of the animals and insects. To his surprise, the small honeybee came forward and spoke:
“Of all the gifts you may give me, only one will do. I wish for the power to inflict great pain whenever I choose.”
“What an awful wish,” said Zeus. “Very well, I will grant it. I give you a sharp sting. But I am sure you will use it carefully in times of anger and strife, for using it once will cost you your life.”
And to this day, the little honeybee dies after it stings.