The Beehive is an emblem of industry, and recommends the practice of that virtue to all created beings.
From its busy inmates man may profitably take an example of thrift and providence.
Man was formed for active and social life; and he who will not endeavour to add to the common stock of knowledge may be deemed a drone in the hive of nature, a useless member of society, and unworthy of the care and protection of the hive.
[paraphrased from Ritual Cipher
of The Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society
of Free and Accepted Masons for the State of New Jersey, 1967]