Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Over Cliff's Edge Follow the Sheep


Sheep will follow the leader to their deaths. Image: Lawschooled.org
In many flocks, sheep roam the pasture, eating and sleeping as they please. As long as they pay their annual tribute in wool, they are mostly free to move about the country - until coming upon a border fence. Should any sheep desire to see what lay on the other side of the fence and forget the shepherd’s warnings that wolves live over the fence, the crossing would be met by ferocious dogs who are trained to enforce the border. As sheep naturally follow leaders, even to the point of following leaders over a cliff to their deaths, such curious sheep must be monitored for the good of the flock. Soon, after one too many trips to the farthest edge of the pasture, this independent-minded sheep has become a danger to the flock. No amount of wool is worth risking the spread of such ideas throughout the flock so after one final shearing, the sheep be converteth to lamb cutlets.

Luckily for us humans, we have a far greater vision and depth perception than sheep. We can see what’s ahead. Yet meek and obedient we follow the leader. We trust that all is well without using our vision to see beyond our little pastures, to see through what’s on TV and see the reality of our situation. Is all well as long as we keep providing our tribute to the shepherds? Or are we to become nothing but lamb cutlets? 

That’s what you get for pretending the danger’s not real.  

Special thanks to Roger Waters.

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