The Sheepdog Concept

Posted: November 21, 2014 in Philosophy

I would like to introduce something to you called “The Sheepdog Concept.”  This idea belongs to Lt Col Dave Grossman who relates that he was introduced to it by an old Vietnam veteran, retired colonel.  It goes something like this.

“Most of the people in our society are sheep.  They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.”  Lets just say 95% of the population are sheep.  You may even hear them referred to as sheeple.  Most sheeple are decent, hard-working folk that just want to go about their business.  They can be a bit oblivious at times but are basically harmless.

The problem is that there are wolves out there.  Wolves like mutton and lamb chops.  “The wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.”  These are evil people who take advantage and have no remorse about hurting other people.  You better believe that they exist.  They are a very small population, let’s say 1-2%.

Lastly, there are sheep dogs.  Lets say the remaining 3-4% of the population.  The retired colonel relayed “I am a sheepdog.  I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.”  Sheepdogs love the sheep.  They cannot stand to see the sheep hurt.  They will put themselves in harms way to protect the sheep.  They are peaceful people who have the capacity for violence when needed.  God bless our police and soldier sheepdogs who put themselves in harms way to protect us.  There is also something called a civilian sheepdog who is similar to the professional sheepdog.  They too will help the sheep.

A sheepdog does not seek confrontation or violence.  Neither will it run from it.  A sheepdog will fight to protect the sheep.  There is a recent story of the shooting in the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.  A terrorist walked in and murdered the soldier at the door.  He then went on a rampage within the crowded building.  Kevin Vickers, a 58 year old, sergeant at arms heard the shots, grabbed his pistol and ran toward the violence.  He confronted the terrorist and at point blank range shot and killed the terrorist.  He undoubtedly saved many lives.  In his words “I engaged the suspect and the suspect is deceased.”  He is a true hero and the definition of a sheepdog.

The odd paradox here is that the sheep really don’t like the sheepdogs.  They look a lot like wolves.  They have the capacity for violence.  The sheep are scared of the sheepdogs and don’t really understand them.

The point of this is that we all have a decision to make.  Are you a sheep, wolf or sheepdog?  It is okay to be a sheep.  Being a sheep has some drawbacks.  When the wolf comes you are at its mercy or you must rely on the sheepdog to save you.  I advocate the way of the sheepdog.  I prefer to control my own destiny and that of my family.  I believe we all have a responsibilty to protect the greater good.  Don’t rely on the government or anyway else for your wellfare.

There is a great video by Nutnfancy linked below.  I encourage you to watch it.  It is 37 minutes long and much more thorough than this post.

Nutnfancy “The Sheepdog Concept”


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