Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Wolves and Sheepdogs

I read this essay a few years back, or was it months? Anyway, Charles at Little Green Footballs, posts the whole thing. It is a worthy read. Here's a start:

“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.”

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? What do you have then? 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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And when the sheep have castrated and defanged the sheepdog, painted him white and taught him to go "BAAAA!" with the other sheep...

That's when it pays to be The Wolf. All prey, free for the killing, with nothing to stand in your way.