In today’s society there are typically three (3) types of people, there are sheep, there are wolves and there are sheepdogs.
Most of the people in our society are sheep, they are kind, gentle, productive souls who are truly only able to hurt each other by accident. Occasionally they will be provoked into hurting one another under extreme circumstances, but the vast majority of these crimes are committed by a very small element of society based on the total number of citizens.
I mean no offense by calling the majority of population “sheep”, but I compare it to the pretty blue robin’s egg, or the vibrant green butterfly cocoon. Without the firmness, rigidity and protection of these hard outer layers, the beautifulness would never be able to flourish.
If we have sheep, (the good) we must have wolves, (the evil). There are people in this world with evil in their hearts, who want nothing more than to feed on the sheep, they are the wolves. They are capable of evil deeds, they will descend on the flock without mercy, and the moment you turn your back or pretend they don’t exist, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.
If you have no capacity for violence, and are a productive member of society, then you are a sheep, if you have a capacity for violence and no compassion or empathy for your fellow man, you are a wolf, but what if you have compassion and love for your fellow man, you are a productive member of society but you have developed a capacity for violence?
Then there are the sheepdogs. The real issue with sheepdogs is they look a lot like the wolves, so the sheep tend to keep their distance. They have fangs and a capacity for violence and do not fear the wolves. The difference however is a Sheepdog, either by design, by will or by shear understanding of their position will not and must not ever hurt a sheep. If a sheepdog ever was to hurt the tiniest of little lambs, he must be punished and removed.
The sheepdog disturbs the sheep, he asks questions, and enforces rules and trains in ways that disturbs the lives of the sheep. The sheep don’t always like the sheepdog because he is a constant reminder of the wolves lurking nearby. The sheep don’t like it up to the point where the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock expects to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.
Please know there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog, it is simply a choice. They are typically the people that are willing to work late, they are the ones who volunteer. You can usually find them out on the perimeter sniffing the breeze, barking loudly at things that go bump in the night.
Here is how the sheep and sheepdog think differently; recently there was a horrible shooting at a certain movie theatre in Colorado. The sheep are all thankful they were not in that theatre and had to witness the terrible things that went on there. The sheepdogs, while praying for peace for the families that were affected, wish that they had been there, as maybe they could have made a difference.
Some people may be destined to be sheep, and others may be genetically predetermined to be wolves or sheepdogs, but I believe most people can choose which one they want to be, and I am proud to say I strive every day to provide the best protection I can to my flock. Be a sheepdog.
The Modern Sheepdog Concept,. Interpreted by Billy Long, originally by Lt. Col Dave Grossman, US Army Special Forces (RET) as told to US Navy Special Warfare Group 10 in 1990.