One fatal issue with modern industrial beekeeping is ironically its focus on the honey bee. The honey bee is the world's most studied insect and yet, in spite of generations of intense research into this tiny creature, we cannot provide adequate theories to grasp the difficulties at hand. In contrast, it is simplistic but accurate to state that the honey bee is integrally tied to the flower, the flower to the top soil, and the top soil to the watershed. Thinking of the honey bee in isolation, then, betrays its life-world and encourages short-term solutions to larger complex problems. We must broaden our scope of research to strive towards a totality of theory encompassing not only the bee itself, but its neighboring creatures, habitat, and finally, ourselves.