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.