Sheepdog
 One
Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me: “Most of the
people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who
can only hurt one another by accident.” This is true. Remember, the murder rate
is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000
per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not
inclined to hurt one another.



Some estimates say that two million Americans are
victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an
all-time record rate of violent crime. 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. Furthermore, since
many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of
violent citizens is considerably less than two million.

Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends
of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but
violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind,
decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or
under extreme provocation. They are sheep.

I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me
it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday
it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its
hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers and other warriors are like that
shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something
wonderful. For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the
predators.

“Then there are the wolves,” the old war veteran
said, “and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.” 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.

“Then there are sheepdogs,” he went on, “and I’m a
sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.” Or, as a sign in
one California law enforcement agency put it, “We intimidate those who
intimidate others.”

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.(credit –

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman)

 

Time for a C-Gar!

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