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This keeps coming back to the Col. Dave Grossman (On Killing, On Combat) Sheep, Wolf, Sheepdog analogy.
Most people are Sheep – not in the pejurative sense, but rather in the sense that they are utterly incapable of doing violence to another human being. Most people will go through their entire adult lives without ever comitting – or even witnessing – an act of violence (not counting TV etc, which isn’t “real” violence)
Sadly, there are Wolves, who prey on Sheep. Wolves seek out sheep to fuck them up, because they know that sheep cannot protect themselves.
Happily, there are also Sheepdogs; those who place themselves between the Sheep and the Wolves.
But to a Sheep, a Sheepdog looks a lot like a Wolf – same shape, same teeth, same snarl. So sheep are very uncomfortable around sheepdogs, because sheepdogs trade in violence, and it is violence (not intent) that most upsets sheep.
Sheep are always trying to make sheepdogs more like sheep, even when that is counter to their own long-term interests, because the ideal SheepWorld is a nice, safe, non-violent bubble where nothing bad ever happens to anybody.
So Sheepdogs must remain vigilant and active – not only counter the Wolves, but also counter the Sheep. It falls to the Sheepdogs of the world to prevent the sheep from defanging their own protectors.
As an aside, there’s a local radio commercial here that just drives me absolutely insane – it’s an ad for a jewelry chain, in which a soccer mom (with the most teeth-gratingly patronizing voice ever) congradulates her husband on his “evolution” – he packs lunches, he makes playdates, he cleans the house – but when it comes to buying gifts, he still sucks. So go to Jeweler X and don’t screw it up this time. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up the daughter and get her (irony alert!) to Tae Kwon Do by 5:00….
This is a PRIME example of the sheep trying to sheep-ify the sheepdogs.
But here’s the real question: if you are a Sheepdog, what are YOU going to do about it?
I recommend reading the whole essay, it actually puts it much better than the summary stated in the GF post.
The sheep dogs, by definition, must police themselves. Is it easy? Of course not, and that is why the world is in the state it currently is.
Although to be fair, it is a statement of ideology and puts everything into a black and white (or sheepdog, wolf, and sheep) classification, which does not always hold up when you compare to the real worlds shades of grey.
While I agree that the analogy from Team America is similar, I think it is a much more pessimistic view of the situation. Not to mention it goes out of its way to be as vulgar and offensive as possible. (but hey… that’s funny)