There is a theory out there that society is made up of a very small group of wolves - the criminals,terrorists etc - a very large group of sheep - just about everyone else - and a small group of sheepdogs - those whose job it is to protect society - policemen, firemen, paramedics etc.

The reality is most are happy being sheep. Someone takes care of them, rescues them when they are in trouble etc. The challenge is that the more sheep we produce the weaker our societies become.

When we all depend on the sheepdogs to protect us a part of the human spirit dies. It is that part that says I can look after myself and my family.

We only have to look at the increase in terrorism over the past decade to know that the sheep have become prime targets for the wolves.Why? Because as citizens of liberal democracies we believe someone else will take care of the wolves. Take the Christmas attack on the aircraft headed for Detroit. Everyone, with hindsight knows where it all went wrong - The President is to blame, the Head of Homeland Security is to blame, the TSA is to blame.

The reality is that the terrorist was successful (he got explosives on a plane and detonated them - don't thnk he wasn't successful) because he was a wolf among sheep. He thrived because the avarage person in the Western World goes through their day in a daze. We drive to work, sit in our jobs, have lunch, go home, melt into the couch and watch televison.

The reality is we wouldn't notice a parade of elephants much less a terrorist. Now everyone says the Christmas bomber looked different, he bought a oneway ticket in cash, he had no luggage etc etc. The sad truth is that everyone saw him but not one person acted on their suspicions. Like sheep it was just easier to hang our heads, be part of the herd and hope that someone in security at the airport would protect us.

The real balme lies with us. In our rush to being civilized we have lost that very instinct of self-preservation that allowed the human species to thrive. If the wolves are now upon us we have only ourselves to blame.

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Comment by Norman Leach on January 6, 2010 at 1:22am
James

I agree - the cahllenge is that we are training our citizens to be sheep. I am no advocate for getting rid of the law. My point is that I come from a city with over a million in population. there are less than 1000 police on the force. Calculate in shifts, vacation time, court time and sickleave and we are lucky to have more than 250 on duty at any one time. Yet the government continually tells me it is wrong to arm myself, to act in defense of my property or my famliy with the rallying cry - "Just call a police officer."
As a law abiding citizen I will call a police officer. However, as we saw in New Orleans when a real disater hits there will not be enough sheepdogs to help all of the sheep. This is the real risk.
Comment by Norman Leach on January 6, 2010 at 12:00am
Alex

They are not immoral if human existence is about completely cutting yourself off from the ENTIRE world. You cannot pick to be involved sometimes and not at others. Hermit crabs would have to agree that the slaughter of 800,000 people in Rwanda or 6 million Jews in Nazi Germany or 3,000 innocent Americans in 9/11 is perfectly okay. If that is the argument then the hermit crabs are worse than the sheep for they have no soul.

And for a hermit crab to be a hermit crab they must agree to never call a policeman when in trouble, a fireman when their house is on fire or a paramedic when their child is sick for these too are sheepdogs.

If a hermit crab would argue you can be a hermit crab but still care about others or need help the crab is worse than the worst sheep - he is a hypocrite
Comment by Alex J Inman on January 5, 2010 at 11:50pm
I'd like to propose a 4th group. We'll call them hermit crabs. They do their own thing, make a decent and solitary living and do not worry about what anyone else is doing. Let the wolves plot. Let the sheep be taken advantage of and let the sheepdogs herd. They provide their own protection from the wolves by wearing their shells, and they mind their own business so as not to draw attention to themselves. They do not take advantage of the sheep like the wolves do, nor do they exert their might or their will over the sheep like the sheepdogs.

Although they live completely independent from the rest of the animal kingdom are they morally wrong in not resisting the wolves or aiding the sheep?

Let me know what you think of such a group.
Comment by James Flintlock on January 5, 2010 at 10:00am
I agree with you Norman on that many people live their lives as "sheep". When you constantly put the blame on someone else, the "real person or group responsible" never ends. The problem is with the nation as a WHOLE. If the weakest link is not strong or in this case willing to take the chance and take the blame, then the entire group is unstable.
Comment by Norman Leach on January 5, 2010 at 12:29am
I am glad you are direct Travis. I like to think I am a warrior. I am an EMT and have been on many fatal car accident scenes where I have watched other medically trained people who fall apart when faced with real life rather than a nice, sterile hospital ward.

The challenge for Western Society is that we have trained the warrior out of people. People are sheep (sorry Travis). I cannot believe the reaction to the Christmas bomber. He is a criminal? He should be protected. NO. He was clear he was trying to kill 300 civilians. We need to treat his actions as an acto f war.

However, the sheep have now given him the protection of the US Constitution (despite the fact he is not a citizen and in fact is an enemy). We are now even talking about giving him a plea bargain.

I don't care what you call them - we need more sheepdogs.
Comment by Travis R on January 5, 2010 at 12:13am
I've kind of moved past the sheep, sheepdog, wolves euphemisms as I find they don't get the point across. Another words sheep just hear another "baahhhh"

I know this will come across as offensive but assuming you're not a predator you're either
lazy, ignorant or not intelligent
or
alert, proactive and realistic
That's not very pc but honestly if you are looking to be taken care of then you're in the first camp and at some point will pay the price that comes with blind trust.
Now the normal argument that I generally hear in response to that is that I must be one of those people who trust no one. Not true.
That doesn't mean that you can't rely on trusted people. I'm not some loner nut who wants to hole up. Community is extremely important, but an alert, proactive and realistic person will be very choosy in who they rely on. They will also take personal responsibility over what they rely on others for and how they can serve others so they in turn are relied on as well. Therein lies the difference.

Oh and Robert D - You're definitely on to something
Comment by Robert D on January 4, 2010 at 2:48pm
The phrase "someone should really do something" needs to be removed from our collective lexicon. Never has it accomplished anything.
Comment by Norman Leach on January 3, 2010 at 10:54pm
Will I agree completely. The challenge is that he got on the plane at all. I heard the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security on CNN today blaming the Bush adminstration, that it was Bush's fault as though the Deputy Secretary was not at all responsible. Unfortunately, he is SUPPOSED to be a sheepdog.

This is my point. There are real sheepdogs out there. Luckily there were a few on the plane who took action. It is the sheep I worry about - they are trusting the wrong sheepdogs.
Comment by Will on January 3, 2010 at 10:06pm
The passengers who stopped him deserve our respect. Especially the one with the burns.

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