Friday, September 21, 2007

On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs - Dave Grossman

Wanted to share a great article describing society as a whole in terms of:

1) Sheep - average citizens who are good people but live in a bit of denial and hope to never be attacked by a wolf by sheer number in the herd & a bit of luck - often unaware of surroundings.
2) Wolves - predators who feed mercilessly on the sheep.
3) Sheepdogs - citizens that are aware of their surroundings & have prepared themselves to fight off the wolves to protect themselves & those they love, but have no desire to hurt the sheep.

Luckily, even if you find yourself to currently be among the sheep it is correctable - you can choose to learn to defend yourself through training & become alert to your surroundings.

Great article, I highly recommend it to anyone who has not yet read it: On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs - by Dave Grossman

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree 100% - very accurate article.

Anonymous said...

I disagree with this. Read the book Women Who Run with the Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes' . That is the school of thought that I hail from. It figures this stuff was written by a man.

Dustin said...

I have not read the book you mention but from descriptions of it on Amazon.com that book has little to do with the sheepdog/wolf/sheep analogy I was discussing. From the description on amazon.com: "Folklore, fairy tales and dream symbols are called on to help restore women's neglected intuitive and instinctive abilities in this earthy first book by a Jungian analyst. According to Estes, wolves and women share a psychic bond in their fierceness, grace and devotion to mate and community. This comparison defines the archetype of the Wild Woman, a female in touch with her primitive side and able to rely on gut feelings to make choices. The tales here, from various cultures, are not necessarily about wolves; instead, they illuminate fresh perspectives on relationships, self-image, even addiction. An African tale of twins who baffle a man represents the dual nature of woman; from the Middle East, a story about a threadbare but secretly magic carpet shows society's failure to look beyond appearances. Three brief, ribald stories advocate a playful, open sexuality; other examples suggest ways to deal with anger and jealousy. At times, Estes's commentary--in which she urges readers to draw upon and enjoy their Wild Woman aspects--is hyperbolic, but overall her widely researched study offers usable advice for modern women."

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