To me it is like the pretty, blue robin's egg. This makes it much harder for the wolves to attack. This is also observable among people. Regardless of what Lovefraud readers may think about war, guns, the military, Iraq, etc., Human sheep can change from cowering victims to sheepdogs by being armed, well trained, and mentally prepared to use force in the defense of life. But the sheepdog quietly asks himself, "Do you have and idea how hard it would be to live with yourself if your loved ones attacked and killed, and you had to stand there helplessly because you were unprepared for that day?". Human sheep can change from cowering victims to sheepdogs by being armed, well trained and mentally prepared to use force in the defense of life. Just as the Sheepdog protects their respective flock, us “Sheepdogs” protect our own “flock”. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed. The Parable of the Sheep. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand-sheep and on the other end is the ultimate warrior. The sheepdog’s violence is very different from the wolf’s violence. The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, "Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. Grossman argues that “the business of being a sheep or sheepdog is not a … I'll make mentions of my family, friends, and other random figures that either make me chuckle or irk me senseless. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed” ( On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs – … And so the warrior must strive to confront denial in all aspects of his life, and prepare himself for the day when evil comes. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. The parable holds a very true statement in our lives. The sheep were naive, the wolves were predatory, and the sheepdog was the protector against the wolves. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed” ( On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs – … I'm sure you'll find it amusing at some point or another. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence: assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. Author’s note: This is my best attempt to paraphrase Col. Grossman’s work. There was research conducted a few years ago with individuals convicted of violent crimes. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. If you look at a flock of sheep, they outnumber wolves or sheepdogs by 50, 100, even 500 to 1… and often more. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, can not and will not ever harm the sheep. Early in the biopic, in a flash back to a family meal following an incident of bullying and brotherly retribution at school, Kyle’s father tells his young sons a parable about sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. When modern cybercriminals or other malicious actors, the wolves in our tale, target organizations large and small, most of the time they don't start by trying to solely exploit some technical vulnerability in a network or online system. Grossman conveys a story told to him by 'an old retired colonel' and Vietnam vet, that basically divides the human population into three separate — but closely associated — groups: sheep, wolves and sheep - William J. Bennett - in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997. Sheep are psychologically destroyed by combat because their only defense is denial, which is counterproductive and destructive, resulting in fear, helplessness and horror when the wolf shows up. The simple fact remains that the Sheepdog will give his life for the flock, or take the wolf’s life while protecting them. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Wolves had not been able to get close enough to drag off and eat one of their number in a long time. The Wolves approached the Sheep with a proposal of peace. They can accept the fact that fires and traffic accidents can happen and that there must be safeguards against them. Wolves, Sheep and Sheepdogs. They didn’t have a choice. ( Log Out / But the sheep fear the sheepdogs. He said that officer believed he could have saved every life that day if he had been carrying his gun. Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. “There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. ! It is a conscious, moral decision. They were protected by a dog, who answered to the master, but despite his best efforts from time to time a nearby pack of wolves would prey upon the flock. We have a propensity for violence, but we are not violent by nature. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you. They may even try to lash out at us, calling us no better than the “wolves” that we protect them from. ! From the wolves. It is not an all-or-nothing, either-or choice. “There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.” “Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed. Most of us live somewhere in between. The degree to which you move up that continuum, away from sheephood and denial, is the degree to which you and your loved ones will survive, physically and psychologically at your moment of truth. If you can, do yourself a favor and look up the original text. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. The wolves thus addressed the Sheepdogs: “Why should you, who are like us in so many things, not be entirely of one mind with us, and live with us as brothers should? I highly recommend it! He wouldn’t ever hurt the flock, but that doesn’t stop them from fearing him. 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. Let me expand on this old soldier's excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. There is no safety in denial. — A TRUE STORY by Charles Grennel. The movie just gives a summary of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman’s “On Sheep, Wolves & Sheepdogs” from his book “On Combat”; if you haven’t read the whole thing (which I highly recommend you do) you can do so here or here. It’s their own insecurity that keeps their mindset in the place that it is, and we can’t expect any more from them. They’re the wolves. For those that haven't seen this, there's another approach I think better suits the CCW world - "sheep with fangs". The vast majority said that they specifically targeted victims by body language: slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of awareness. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours. Upon this, the Wolves made supper of the Sheep. It is a way to try and articulate to an audience that there are those who have the warrior spirit and mentality and use it to defend family, friends, neighbors and citizens against evil. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, "Thank God I wasn't on one of those planes." The other cop replied, "I will never be caught without my gun in church." One day a group of sheep, more bold than the rest, met to discuss their dilemma. But you are not a critter. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. You better believe it. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. “The Dogs always bark on our approach and attack us even while we have done you no harm. Keep in mind, the flock will never try to harm another living thing. Let me expand on this old soldier's excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Everyone needs down time. A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid's school. The sheepdogs round up the sheep, promoting unity. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warriorhood, you want to be there. Some of those people could do for themselves, they just choose not to. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. Remember how many times you heard the word hero? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero's path. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep. It kills you once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: you didn't bring your gun, you didn't train. If this paradigm sounds familiar, you may have seen it from American Sniper, Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. That’s what sets Sheepdogs apart from the wolves. In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep. They didn’t have a choice. Sheep(le), Wolves and Sheepdogs May 1, 2020 Grumps America , Family , Society & Culture , Values If you’re not familiar with the concept of the three types of people: sheep, wolves and sheep dogs, I strongly urge you to read about it in Lt. Col Dave Grossman’s book, “On Combat”. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. Let me expand on this old soldier's excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. They were protected by a dog, who answered to the master, but despite his best efforts from time to time a nearby pack of wolves would prey upon the flock. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. “Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, "Baa.". They are well concealed in ankle holsters, shoulder holsters or inside-the-belt holsters tucked into the small of their backs.? "Then there are the wolves," the old war veteran said, "and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy." They might call him paranoid and would probably scorn him. Human sheep have decided to be sheep and can change into sheepdogs if they elect to do so. That night, when the wolves came, the newly armed sheep sprang up with their weapons and struck at them and cried “Begone! They don’t have a choice. Once upon a time, the wolves sent an embassy to the sheep, desiring that there might be peace between them for the time to come. Those are the sheep.” “Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Wolves, Sheep and Sheepdogs. Grossman argues that “the business of being a sheep or sheepdog is not a yes-no dichotomy.” Rather it’s a continuum. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. 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. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. We wouldn’t. He might snap at the flock from time to time, just to keep them in line. Sheepdogs are also capable of violence. One difference between real sheep and human sheep is the fact that real sheep are born sheep. The only reason sheepdogs are necessary is because there are still sheep, and sheep need protection. Most people are sheep. After you've read the story, please check out the link on the left, titled, "On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs- Lt. Col. Dave Grossman- for the origins of the Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs story. This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door. This “wolves-sheep-sheepdogs” triad—the metaphor by which the film justifies Kyle’s bloody career—does not appear in Kyle’s autobiography. — A TRUE STORY by Charles Grennel. Our children are thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the sheep's only response to the possibility of violence is denial. Anyhow, back to the story. You want to be able to make a difference. We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep. A Modern Fable There are three types of people in this world: the Sheep who go about their business, the Wolf who feeds on the Sheep, and the Sheepdog who protects the flock. The Sheep/Sheepdog Continuum. They never take the time to think for themselves. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf. For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators. The wolves like wounded and solitary sheep because – at heart – the wolves are cowards. In one hour, a transformation occurred among the passengers - athletes, business people and parents. Sheepdogs can be loud, fast, and have sharp teeth – just like the wolves! We hold ourselves to a higher standard on the simple basis that we expect more from ourselves.