#15 The Thin Blue Line Matters (…the Sheep dogs)

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This is  ‘s take on the excerpt on the ‘Sheepdog’, attributed to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman’s book ‘On Combat’. After I read Mike’s post, I was compelled to watch the movie American Sniper which I have been meaning to watch the last several months. It’s a great movie, you should see it. In the beginning, they already showed how the dad raised his sons. He instilled in their minds that they are the “sheep dogs”…  and this made me think of how I raised my 2 daughters. I’m so proud of them, they advocate for people who can’t defend themselves from bullies/ manipulators.

I just watched the movie a few days ago and it makes me so scared to think that my daughter will be joining the military soon. I am so grateful to them because without their sacrifices we won’t be enjoying our freedom and I’m so proud of her for making the decision to serve our country. But I’m still mom and she’s still my baby. She just turned 18 a couple of weeks ago. I just have to pray for her safety as much as I’m praying for our troops. There’s so much evil lurking. We need protection from the “wolves”.




Going back to the topic of the sheep, wolves and sheep dogs. We see this all the time in our surroundings… at work, school, maybe sometimes in our homes.  It gives us insight of who we really are in this bubble that we live in.  If you think about it, it really makes sense how they came up with this analogy. I also read the summary of the book. It seems very interesting. I wonder if they’ll make it into a movie. I can’t wait to watch it.





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These are trying times.  While I strive to avoid serious political/social commentary, I’m compelled to alter my regime, this one time.

The excerpt below on the ‘Sheepdog’ is not new.  Attributed to Dave Grossman’s book ‘On Combat’, several versions and renditions have appeared since its inception.  For those not familiar with him, Grossman is an internationally recognized speaker, a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. army, former West Point psychology professor, Professor of Military Science, and Army Ranger.  The ‘Sheepdog’ analogy came from a retired Vietnam vet Grossman interviewed, and I understand made it into the 2014 film ‘American Sniper’, a movie I’ve not seen.  Years ago I had the pleasure of seeing Lt. Cl. Grossman speak in person, his book ‘Killology’ just released, and the presentation left a lasting impact on me.  Grossman’s words are as powerful today, perhaps even more so, as they were when I first heard them.

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