You might be familiar with the term “Sheepdog” but do you know how our military members came to be referred to as Sheepdogs? In his response to 9/11 and the war in Iraq, Lt. Colonel David Grossman crafted the analogy of “SheepDog”. Lt. Colonel Grossman’s Sheepdog speech came from his book, On Combat, which was published in 2004. He credits an “old war veteran” f0r teaching him all about wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs.
He famously wrote, “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? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path.”
We ask, which one are you?