Sheep, Sheepdogs, and Wolves


A long time ago, in a prior life of mine when I worked in the armored car services, we had our bi-annual weapons certification course. Every six months we would have to get together with some state appointed instructors to qualify on our firearms to meet a minimum requirement by the state in order to keep our armed guard’s license, and in turn, keep our jobs. In addition to proficiency and maintenance of a firearm, we would have class training where we would go over the use of deadly force, the legalities of deadly force, common questions on conceal carry, and a host of other things all weapons related.

One time the instructor mentioned, Sheep (or sheeple, he had a high opinion of the general populace), sheepdogs, and wolves. Now for those of you that don’t know, sheep are the general population. Stupid, defenseless, crowd mentality, and weak. Wolves are the predators, villains, and bad guys. Sheepdogs are the “good guys.” The protectors of the sheep. The hero’s. Think cops, military, first responders. He went on and on about the virtues of being a sheepdog and vilified the wolves as much as he could have. But something about it sat wrong with me. Something was off.

I figured out what it was, and Jack Donovan, the author of The Way of Men and Becoming A Barbarian put it succinctly: (Bold and emphasis is mine.)

Plato referred to his guardian class, his sheepdogs, as “noble puppies.” I’ve borrowed that phrase many times myself – but aren’t puppies and sheepdogs both a bit too cute? Perhaps even insulting? Would ancient warriors have wanted to be called “puppies” or “sheepdogs?”

What is a sheepdog if not a domesticated wolf who, as the result of his breeding, training, and conditioning, does exactly what he is told?

A sheepdog is a pet. A sheepdog has a master. His master owns him. The sheepdog’s master is not the sheep. His master uses the sheepdog to control the sheep, who are his assets with which he will do as he pleases.

Perhaps a “sheepdog,” then, isn’t such a noble thing to be after all.

And being the sheep of a man who imagines himself as a sheepdog isn’t so great either.

If men are loyal to your tribe, and they are willing to maim and murder other men to protect you, why insult them by calling them slavish, domesticated pets? Why not call them your wolves? Don’t wolves defend their own pack?

If you are fighting to protect people you care about – your people – then why fight like a sheepdog when you can fight like a wolf?

I couldn’t have said it better.

The idea of being a “wolf” has gotten a bad rap over the years. I think that it’s time that we as men need to take the word back and make it an idea, or a virtue if you will, to live up to. It’s not bad being a wolf.

Personally I would rather be known and seen as a wolf instead of a sheepdog.

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3 thoughts on “Sheep, Sheepdogs, and Wolves

  1. I refer you to this article by military psychologist Lt. Col. Dave Grossman:

    Do be wary of the comparative identities of the sheep (the greatest majority who by human psychology are in denial of the existence of pure evil in this planet), the wolf (psychopathic/sociopathic or antisocial individuals who act more like exploitative animals and who were born with the antisocial/psychopathic PERSONALITY DISORDER and just live their lives exploiting others and preying on the weakness of the sheep), and the sheepdog (born with the gift to love and care for others but also has the gift of aggression and the capacity to counterattack the psychopathic wolves).

    From this basis of Lt. Col. Grossman, I definitely would choose to live the life of a “sheepdog” and not a wolf – a sly psychopath.


    • To each their own. I’ve read this article before, it’s good up to a point. My point that I wrote about here is that Sheepdogs have a “Master”, they are owned via state and society. A wolf is loyal to his own, his people or his “pack.” For me it’s not about psychopaths and psychopathy as it is about loyalty to your own.


      • I agree, “To each their own.” In the drama of life in this planet, the analogy of sheep and sheepdogs having “masters” don’t need to apply though. Sheepdogs can be their own masters. In real society, “sheepdogs” don’t need to be commanded by “masters” to make the decision to defend themselves and do counterattack against the “wolves.” I am a sheepdog and I can eliminate a true wolf should the necessity arises. I am talking about the sheep, sheepdog and wolf paradigm as explained by Grossman and in this paradigm, the pure evil dregs of society are the disordered psychopaths. I guess “loyalty to your own” may be translated as well into “being your own master,” being “Invictus.”


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