The Sheep Parable

The Sheep Parable

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    The Sheep Parable

    I caught this over on GunDebate.com and though you all might enjoy this.

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    The sheep parable



    Not so long ago and in a pasture too uncomfortably close to here, a flock of
    sheep lived and grazed. They were protected by a dog, who answered to the
    master, but despite his best efforts from time to time a nearby pack of
    wolves would prey upon the flock.

    One day a group of sheep, bolder than the rest, met to discuss their
    dilemma. 'Our dog is good, and vigilant, but he is one and the wolves are
    many. The wolves he catches are not always killed, and the master judges and
    releases many to prey again upon us, for no reason we can understand.
    What can we do? We are sheep, but we do not wish to be food, too!'

    One sheep spoke up, saying 'It is his teeth and claws that make the wolf so
    terrible to us. It is his nature to prey, and he would find any way to do it,
    but it is the tools he wields that make it possible. If we had such teeth, we
    could fight back, and stop this savagery.' The other sheep clamored in
    agreement, and they went together to the old bones of the dead wolves heaped
    in the corner of the pasture, and gathered fang and claw and made them
    into weapons.

    That night, when the wolves came, the newly armed sheep sprang up with their
    weapons and struck at them, crying, "Be Gone!" We are not food!' and drove
    off the wolves, who were astonished. When did sheep become so bold and so
    dangerous to wolves? When did sheep grow teeth?

    It was unthinkable!

    The next day, flush with victory and waving their weapons, they approached
    the flock to pronounce their discovery. But as they drew nigh, the flock
    huddled together and cried out, 'Baaaaaaaadddd! Baaaaaddd things!

    You have bad things! We are afraid! You are not sheep!'

    The brave sheep stopped, amazed. 'But we are your brethren!' they cried. 'We
    are still sheep, but we do not wish to be food. See, our new teeth and claws
    protect us and have saved us from slaughter. They do not make us into wolves,
    they make us equal to the wolves, and safe from their viciousness!'

    'Baaaaaaad!' cried the flock, 'the things are bad and will pervert you, and
    we fear them. You cannot bring them into the flock!' So the armed sheep
    resolved to conceal their weapons, for although they had no desire to panic
    the flock, they wished to remain in the fold. But they would not return to
    those nights of terror, waiting for the wolves to come.

    In time, the wolves attacked less often and sought easier prey, for they had
    no stomach for fighting sheep who possessed tooth and claw even as they did.
    Not knowing which sheep had fangs and which did not, they came to leave sheep
    out of their diet almost completely except for the occasional raid, from
    which more than one wolf did not return.

    Then came the day when, as the flock grazed beside the stream, one sheep's
    weapon slipped from the folds of her fleece, and the flock cried out in
    terror again, 'Baaaaaad! You still possess these evil things! We must ban you
    from our presence!'

    And so they did. The great chief sheep and his council, encouraged by the
    words of their advisors, placed signs and totems at the edges of the pasture
    forbidding the presence of hidden weapons there. The armed sheep protested
    before the council, saying, 'It is our pasture, too, and we have never harmed
    you! When can you say we have caused you hurt? It is the wolves, not we, who
    prey upon you. We are still sheep, but we are not food!'

    But the flock drowned them out with cries of 'Baaaaaaddd! We will not hear
    your clever words! You and your things are evil and will harm us!'

    Saddened by this rejection, the armed sheep moved off and spent their days
    on the edges of the flock, trying from time to time to speak with their
    brethren to convince them of the wisdom of having such teeth, but meeting
    with little success. They found it hard to talk to those who, upon hearing
    their words, would roll back their eyes and flee, crying 'Baaaaddd! Bad
    things!'

    That night, the wolves happened upon the sheep's totems and signs, and
    said, 'Truly, these sheep are fools! They have told us they have no teeth!
    Brothers, let us feed!' And they set upon the flock, and horrible was the
    carnage in the midst of the fold. The dog fought like a demon, and often
    seemed to be in two places at once, but even he could not halt the
    slaughter.

    It was only when the other sheep arrived with their weapons that the wolves
    fled, only to remain on the edge of the pasture and wait for the next time
    they could prey, for if the sheep were so foolish once, they would be so
    again. This they did, and do still.

    In the morning, the armed sheep spoke to the flock, and said, 'See? If the
    wolves know you have no teeth, they will fall upon you. Why be prey? To be a
    sheep does not mean to be food for wolves!' But the flock cried out, more
    feebly for their voices were fewer, though with no less terror, 'Baaaaaaaad!
    These things are bad! If they were banished, the wolves would not harm us!
    Baaaaaaad!'

    So they resolved to retain their weapons, but to conceal them from the
    flock; to endure their fear and loathing, and even to protect their brethren
    if the need arose, until the day the flock learned to understand that as long
    as there were wolves in the night, sheep would need teeth to repel them.

    They would still be sheep, but they would not be food!
    Sticks

    Grasseater // Grass~eat~er noun, often attributive \ˈgras-ē-tər\
    A person who is incapable of independent thought; a person who is herd animal-like in behavior; one who cannot distinguish between right and wrong; a foolish person.
    See also Sheep


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    Nice. I enjoyed that. It is sad how true it is though.
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    They're more like lemmings. One idiot gungrabber jumping off a cliff and the rest follow, not even realizing the bigger picture. Maybe woolly lemmings?

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    Sad but true.

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    Eventually the wussy sheep will all be dead and the population will consist entirely of the armed sheep.

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    True story, must be, I saw it on the internet!

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    Last week one of our middle school students was arrested and charged with assault for hitting another boy. I think we used to call it a fight and most likely we were best friends again the next day.

    I'm afraid the wussification of America is picking up steam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevePVB View Post
    Last week one of our middle school students was arrested and charged with assault for hitting another boy. I think we used to call it a fight and most likely we were best friends again the next day.

    I'm afraid the wussification of America is picking up steam.
    Fast!! A kinder and gentler nation
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    Good story but to baaaaaaad it's true!!!!!!

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    I appreciate the post because I would never had known about it if you hadn't! Thanks!
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    Captain Crunch may I used some of your posts to show to some of the sheep I know? I think that what you have put to gether is all true. Some I have seen befor but not all at one time. Very good and true.
    Geo.

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    Sticks,

    I can't imagine where that could have come from.

    It's been around for some time. I first read it here. A great piece.
    "fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen." [Warren v. District of Columbia,(D.C. Ct. of Ap., 1981)]
    If I have to explain it, you wouldn't understand

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    Great read!
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    I love it!
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