E — Soldiers F — Worker Worker termites undertake the most labour within the colony, being responsible for foraging, food storage, and brood and nest maintenance. The process of worker termites feeding other nestmates is known as trophallaxis. Trophallaxis is an effective nutritional tactic to convert and recycle nitrogenous components. Some termite species do not have a true worker caste, instead relying on nymphs that perform the same work without differentiating as a separate caste.
In my own life, I have never felt the pull of a particular god or goddess, I am merely interested in their mythologies. In the practice of my Druidry, my gods are the forces of nature. The Wind, the Sea, the Earth and the Fire.
Most Pagan traditions tend to see them as the primal forces of nature, divine in their existence. I see them as the forces that designed the lines of my own body as much as they designed the lines of the Earth itself. This is not to say that it was an act of will that caused creation; I believe that creation itself was as natural and fundamentally primal as any of these forces.
I recognize creation as the final element, that of Spirit and Awen. For many, the existence of the gods and the worship of them is part and parcel of establishing relationship to the divine essence of nature.
Most of our deities are derived from elemental forces — Thor, the god of Thunder, for example. Poseidon or Manannan Mac Lir, the gods of Sea and storm are other examples.
This of course, is my own personal assessment and not to be confused with an overall truth. One of my favorite stories is that of Brennius, a Brittanic King who managed to invade and subjugate mainland Gaul. He then led his army to the Temple at Delphi in Greece where he commenced to sack it.
When he observed the exquisitely carved stone busts and statues of the Greek gods, Brennius laughed at the Greeks for thinking that the gods looked like men and women. What I like about this story is that this is a person for whom the gods have no faces because to him they remained the abstract forces of the natural world.
While I am not accustomed to laughing at Greeks or anyone else who puts a face to the gods I do feel as Brennius did. I have heard people talk of visitations by their gods and I do not doubt them.
Visitations by the gods for me are simple and always have been. It is the churning of digestive fluids in my stomach that break down food, it is the rain and the thunder, the lightning and the wind. It is every time I have to use the restroom and every time I feel the heat of a midday sun.
I do not need to name these things as gods to know the divine power of nature itself; the wilderness lives in me and is brought to me every day with the recognition of aging lines on my face, the grey shock of hair in my beard and the feel of the grass under my feet.
It makes me wonder though — what, exactly is the role of the gods in our lives?
I have to admit that this seems a bit odd to me. It makes me wonder though — why should the gods help us? When I talk about entitlement culture, I am not speaking of those who are in need of assistance like EBT and housing. This paradigm can be most easily expressed in the American cultural standard of living which exceeds most everywhere else in the world.
I have heard many times from foreign nationals that Americans are among the worst tourists in the world, shouting loudly and often that they are American as though that trumps the local custom, language and law. I know musicians and writers who are incredibly talented and I would happily buy every album or book they wished to provide, twice.I do not eat meat.
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