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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sheepdogs


To paraphrase David Grossman's essay "On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs," most people in our society are sheep - kind, gentle, and productive creatures that wouldn't intentionally try to hurt one another. Then there are the wolves, who prey upon the sheep without mercy.

"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.
(Read the entire article here)

On that note, I give you the Sheepdog morale patch, by Milspec Monkey:

We have a bunch of other Milspec Monkey patches in stock, and I have only just begun to list them in our Web store. Since these are small lightweight items, the price of each patch includes only $1 shipping, and we can offer discounts for bulk orders through groupsales@darkthreads.com. Feel free to contact us via email to check on what's in stock.
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