Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Sheep and wolves

Another blog find from a while ago, not my work but very good reading:

Of sheep and Wolves

My friend Sanjay likes to talk about sheep and wolves, he says he wants to meet wolves, the different, the aggressive, the free spirits. Sheep, as he describes, shop at Lowes, drink coffee at starbucks and go to dinner at the olive garden (I personally like the olive garden). I say being a sheep is easy, and if I were to venture a guess I'd say sheep are probably a much happier lot than their wolven antithesis. I wish I were a sheep, don't make too much noise, don't stray too far, don't complain when the time comes to get sheared, and in return your fed, protected, and allowed to spend your days frolicking in the grass and commiserating with your fellow sheepen brothers and sisters.

A wolf on the other hand is a killer, a hunter, a deeply intellectual strategist that finds himself unwelcome in most circumstances. Sheep fear wolves almost as much as shepherds do, always on the lookout, for the wolf is relentless, stealthy and quick. Wolves are tenaciously loyal, family, friend's, the pack travels light moving from one hunting ground to the next, always searching, always scanning, ready to kill if the opportunity should so arise. There are times when the hunts are prosperous, enough food to feed the pack, time to settle for a bit, enjoy the calm of pups wrestling in the sunlight on a brisk winter morning. But then there are the bad times, the starving times, these are the times the game is sparse and the pack, including the pups go hungry, no kill, no eat, starving wolves make poor bedfellows, and nothing is sadder than the day one must bury a pup.

Sheep know none of this, the bliss of the hunt, the pride of the kill, but they also no not the feeling of desperate hunger, the crushing agony of loss, sometimes inflicted by your own hand. Wolves are born, sheep are created. Wolves live their lives with a measure of calculated risk, they're gamblers, they're thinkers and if a wolf is not given, that wolf will take, for the knock of opportunity comes but a precious few times. Sheep, in contrast live their lives governed by fear and submission, instilled from birth, the sheep is taught restraint, rules, and a blind obedience to the master that protects and feeds. "Be happy your in here" says one sheep to the next "Who knows what could be out there." 

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