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Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs...which are you?

Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs...which are you?

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (Ret.), author of the book “On Combat,” described society as made up of three kinds of people. He says everyone is either a sheep, a wolf, or a sheepdog. These terms are not intended to be derogatory in any way, but do pretty clearly describe each of us (whether we choose to admit it or not).

The vast majority of people are sheep. These are people who are “kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.” Additionally, sheep don’t usually recognize a threat until it is actually immediately upon them, and therefore don’t prepare for the worst.

Then, there are wolves. Wolves are people who will feed upon the sheep without mercy. Whether we are talking about people who will break in to your house and steal your stuff or rape and kill your children, some people just have no regard for anyone else. They might just be mean, evil people, or they are actually psychotic with no feelings of wrongdoing while they commit violent acts against innocent people. As Grossman says, “Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.”

Last, there are sheepdogs. Sheepdogs protect the sheep. When considering this, think about a German Shepherd, not the Looney Tunes “Sam Sheepdog.” Sheepdogs are people like law enforcement officers, military personnel, etc. They want to help protect their fellow man against the evils of society.

Grossman says, “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.”

Which are you?

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