glyph 406: producers, predators, defenders ... commerce, guardians ... defense of civilization, defendable space ... Dave Grossman, Killology, Warrior Science Group ... Jane Jacobs ... police, soldiers, military, use of force ..... violence in defense of producers . Ragnar Danneskjold


"On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs", by Dave Grossman

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? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero's path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.

See also the discussion of producers, predators, and guardians in Jane Jacobs, Systems of Survival: A Dilogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics. -leif smith

Thanks to Chris Huston, of Defensive Response Training, Inc., for Dave Grossman's article.
October 6, 2007; edited/updated November 26, 2015

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