Those wicked dogs are the cause of all; … "Why," said they, "should we be forever waging this deadly strife? For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators. Sheepdogs can be loud, fast, and have sharp teeth – just like the wolves! This “wolves-sheep-sheepdogs” triad—the metaphor by which the film justifies Kyle’s bloody career—does not appear in Kyle’s autobiography. Keep in mind, the flock will never try to harm another living thing. Sheepdogs can be loud, fast, and have sharp teeth – just like the wolves! On sheep, sheepdogs, and wolves The Ten Commandments thread spent some time on the whole sheep and sheepdog issue. It is a conscious, moral decision. Translations: Romanian. The flock look upon us, comparing us to the wolf and calling us bad, even though they take no precaution to protect themselves against the wolf once he comes around. We differ from you in one point only. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence: assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. They don’t have a choice. “There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. I'm sure you'll be able to tell which one in either case. Many heard it for the first time in the blockbuster movie, American Sniper. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Change ). 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 Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by your fear helplessness and horror at your moment of truth. ", If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. Your only defense was wishful thinking. Let me expand on this old soldier's excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. What do you have then? It is a conscious, moral decision. 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. There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs is included in Grossman's book, "On Combat" and is also an excellent read. They are sheep. Some people may be destined to be sheep and others might be genetically primed to be wolves or sheepdogs. There is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog, the warrior, but he does have one real advantage. All the latest breaking UK and world news with in-depth comment and analysis, pictures and videos from MailOnline and the Daily Mail. If you can, do yourself a favor and look up the original text. Ryan’s family gave the moniker of “Sheepdog” to Ryan after watching a scene in the movie America Sniper where the Chris Kyle’s dad describes the world as having 3 types of people: There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. ( Log Out /  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. The wolves like wounded and solitary sheep because – at heart – the wolves are cowards. ON SHEEP, WOLVES, AND SHEEPDOGS By LTC(RET) Dave Grossman, RANGER, Ph.D., author of “On Killing.” Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. For all the peace of mind deniers think they get by saying it isn't so, the fall they take when faced with new violence is all the more unsettling.". First, The Sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed. This parable also explains some of the (ir)rationale of the antis. Anyhow, back to the story. Dave Grossman‘s concept of the “sheepdog” has had a big influence on both civilian concealed and law enforcement.The idea is that there are three kinds of people in the world*: Sheep, who will not or can not take responsibility for the own safety, the wolves who prey on them, and sheepdogs, who protect the flock. Upon this, the Wolves made supper of the Sheep. 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? The question remains: What is worth defending? Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. 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. ( Log Out /  It is denial that turns people into sheep. There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. To be considered a “Sheepdog”, you’ve accepted that you take the responsibility of “protecting the flock”. We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep. Let me expand on this old soldier's excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. The sheepdogs round up the sheep, promoting unity. (Please leave the furry jokes for sheep, you Scotsman.) As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial. This makes it much harder for the wolves to attack. One day a group of sheep, more bold than the rest, met to discuss their dilemma. The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big, tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have had the time of day for a police officer. They chose their victims like big cats do in Africa, when they select one out of the herd that is least able to protect itself. I suspect you will receive a bellyful of angry e-mails from conservative folks like me. The sheepdog is bound by a contract or code of conduct to serve, balanced with a set of values that are life-supporting and socially acceptable. They’re peaceful. It’s worth your time. From the wolves. That cop looked me in the eye and said, "Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself after that?". Some individuals would be horrified if they knew this police officer was carrying a weapon in church. Miss Edwards, I read of your student activity regarding the proposed memorial to Col. Greg Boyington, USMC and a Medal of Honor winner. We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep. One difference between real sheep and human sheep is the fact that real sheep are born sheep. Grossman guesses this elite group represents just 1% of people. ( Log Out /  The sheep were naive, the wolves were predatory, and the sheepdog was the protector against the wolves. 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. 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. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. Human sheep have decided to be sheep and can change into sheepdogs if they elect to do so. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, can not and will not ever harm the sheep. 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. 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? What do you have then? They didn’t have a choice. Only one. He looks a lot like the wolf. I asked why he felt so strongly about this, and he told me about a cop he knew who was at a church massacre in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1999. Grossman argues that “the business of being a sheep or sheepdog is not a yes-no dichotomy.” Rather it’s a continuum. This “wolves-sheep-sheepdogs” triad—the metaphor by which the film justifies Kyle’s bloody career—does not appear in Kyle’s autobiography. -LRG. Just as the Sheepdog protects their respective flock, us “Sheepdogs” protect our own “flock”. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. This is true. "Then there are the wolves," the old war veteran said, "and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy." None of that matters. It’s their own insecurity that keeps their mindset in the place that it is, and we can’t expect any more from them. A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero's path. They’re unappreciative, non-supportive, and sometimes, they may even seem undeserving. And that is that he is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population. In one hour, a transformation occurred among the passengers - athletes, business people and parents. 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. For example, many officers carry their weapons in church.? Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. The Wolves approached the Sheep with a proposal of peace. Those are the sheep.” “Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. Those are facts. Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The Wolves and the Sheep. This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door. I highly recommend it! The simple fact remains that the Sheepdog will give his life for the flock, or take the wolf’s life while protecting them. Anytime you go to some form of religious service, there is a very good chance that a police officer in your congregation is carrying. I'm sure you'll find it amusing at some point or another. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed. American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, is one very intense movie. What are sheeple? I don’t, by any means, want to claim this as my own thought process, but rather share it as the best I remember it. It is a conscious, moral decision. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident." The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, "Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. For those of us in the firearms community, we’ve all heard or read “On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs” by Col. Dave Grossman (Ret). If this paradigm sounds familiar, you may have seen it from American Sniper, The other cop replied, "I will never be caught without my gun in church." In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself. Everyone who reads this site is familiar with the sheep, wolves, and sheepdog analogy, as popularized by LTC (Ret) Grossman in his book On Combat. One day a group of sheep, more bold than the rest, met to discuss their dilemma. Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away from denial. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. "Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. When he learned of the other three passenger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd dropped his phone and uttered the words, "Let's roll," which authorities believe was a signal to the other passengers to confront the terrorist hijackers. 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. That night, when the wolves came, the newly armed sheep sprang up … In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep. ! I'll make mentions of my family, friends, and other random figures that either make me chuckle or irk me senseless. The following is an article entitled “On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs” by Dave Grossman. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed. The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. The sheepdog has fangs just like the wolf does. We could let them fall to the wayside, but how much better than the wolf would we really be if we just left them to their own devices? For those that haven't seen this, there's another approach I think better suits the CCW world - "sheep with fangs". Let me expand on this old soldier's excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. “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. “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.