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We know that the sheep live in denial; that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids’ schools. But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid’s school.
Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, “Baa.”
“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.
Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, “Thank God I wasn’t on one of those planes.” The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, “Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference.”
Originally posted by Jenna
there are hundreds of posts claiming that police are all "pigs" who are out to get us and the military is full of blood-thirsty mindless killing machines.
Let me tell you, it is odd the things you don’t realize until your mind starts tearing in two. I appreciate your response, it sort of validates my thoughts, makes me realize that perhaps if you can understand me then I am not as crazy I think, yet.
Originally posted by whaaa
That is one of the most sobering posts I have ever read.
I hope that you can find peace.
Originally posted by cavscout
I dont like your sheepdog theory though. You romanticize that all or most police and military are in it to protect people and that is just not true.
Being a cop does not inherently make you good. I will tell you from my experience on a large metro police force that most cops aren’t there to protect anyone except themselves and each other. There is an us vs. them mentality amongst cops, and the "them" is YOU if you aren’t one of them.
Same holds true for military. Us vs. them. As soldiers we are better than the fat chick at Burger King serving us food. She isn’t one of us, she doesn’t know. She should do the world a favor, kill herself. Wouldn’t hurt my feelings, she is worthless. This is not how a small percentage feel, but how MOST feel (cant speak for the Navy and Air force, I am referring to the grunts, the warriors.)
You may not like that, it may not fit with your "sheepdog" image, but you need to face the truth, that society’s gunslingers and warriors can also be sheep or wolves, or a pig in a dog's clothing.
Welcome to the real world, Jenna, a world where your sheepdog is someone else’s wolf. Sleep well.
Originally posted by Jenna
I must say though, I don't understand how my original post was a slap in the face to you.. That's got me a bit puzzled.
You say you've been in the military and a cop, thank you for doing the thankless job that both of those are.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime - Ernest Hemingway
I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes. - Ernest Hemingway
"You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself." - Ernest Hemingway