Saturday, December 27, 2008

Regarding Sheepdogs

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Ours was a bit challenging, we had 3 feet of snow and 4 days without power, but we seem to be back on the grid now.

I just came across a good read over at the Warrior Science Group called “On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs”. It’s an excerpt from the book On Combat, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and should be a must read for just about everyone, but especially anyone who takes their right to self defense seriously. It’s an absolutely no nonsense discussion about the dangers of denial in the modern world. It defines three basic roles of people in society, the sheep, the wolf, and the sheepdog, but explains that these are not nice neat pigeon holes. They instead represent a continuum:

"If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath--a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed."

Another good tidbit here:

"Here is the point I like to emphasize, especially to the thousands of police officers and soldiers I speak to each year. In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. They didn’t have a choice. But you are not a critter. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. It is a conscious, moral decision. If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you. If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love."

And a bit near the end:

"This business of being a sheep or a sheepdog is not a yes-no dichotomy. It is not an all-or-nothing, either-or choice. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-grass sheep and on the other end is the ultimate warrior. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. Most of us live somewhere in between. Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away from denial."

In some ways it’s an oversimplification, but it does succinctly describe some of the trends in modern society. There is a fairly large segment of the population that believes someone else is going to take care of them, or worse, that it is someone else’s JOB to take care of them. These people are frequently in favor of strict gun control because it gives them the illusion that they have “defanged” the wolves, when all they have done is “defanged” their fellow citizens and created more prey for the wolves.

Until next time!

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