The Parable of the Sheep

Not so long ago and in a pasture too uncomfortably close to here, a flock of sheep lived and grazed. They were protected by a dog, who answered to the master, but despite his best efforts from time to time a nearby pack of wolves would prey upon the flock.

One day a group of sheep, more bold than the rest, met to discuss their dilemma. “Our dog is good, and vigilant, but he is one dog and the wolves are many. The wolves he catches are not always killed, and the master judges and releases many to prey again upon us, for no reason we can understand. What can we do? We are sheep, but we do not wish to be food, too!”

One sheep spoke up, saying “It is his teeth and claws that make the wolf so terrible to us. It is his nature to prey, and he would find any way to do it, but it is the tools he wields that make it possible. If we had such teeth, we could fight back, and stop this savagery.” The other sheep clamored in agreement, and they went together to the old bones of the dead wolves heaped in the corner of the pasture, and gathered fang and claw and made them into weapons.

That night, when the wolves came, the newly armed sheep sprang up with their weapons and struck at them and cried “Begone! We are not food!” and drove off the wolves, who were astonished. When did sheep become so bold and so dangerous to wolves? When did sheep grow teeth? It was unthinkable!

The next day, flush with victory and waving their weapons, they approached the flock to pronounce their discovery. But as they drew nigh, the flock huddled together and cried out “Baaaaaaaadddd! Baaaaaddd things! You have bad things! We are afraid! You are not sheep!”

The brave sheep stopped, amazed. “But we are your brethren!” they cried, “We are still sheep, but we do not wish to be food. See, our new teeth and claws protect us and have saved us from slaughter. They do not make us into wolves, they make us equal to the wolves, and safe from their viciousness!”

“Baaaaaaaddd!”, cried the flock,”the things are bad and will pervert you, and we fear them. You cannot bring them into the flock. They scare us!”. So the armed sheep resolved to conceal their weapons, for although they had no desire to panic the flock, they wished to remain in the fold. But they would not return to those nights of terror, waiting for the wolves to come.

In time, the wolves attacked less often and sought easier prey, for they had no stomach for fighting sheep who possessed tooth and claw even as they did. Not knowing which sheep had fangs and which did not, they came to leave sheep out of their diet almost completely except for the occasional raid, from which more than one wolf did not return. Then came the day when, as the flock grazed beside the stream, one sheep’s weapon slipped from the folds of her fleece, and the flock cried out in terror again, “Baaaaaaddddd! You still possess these evil things! We must ban you from our presence!”.

And so they did. The great chief sheep and his court and council, encouraged by the words of their moneylenders and advisors, placed signs and totems at the edges of the pasture forbidding the presence of hidden weapons there. The armed sheep protested before the council, saying “It is our pasture, too, and we have never harmed you! When can you say we have caused you hurt? It is the wolves, not we, who prey upon you. We are still sheep, but we are not food!”. But the flock would not hear, and drowned them out with cries of “Baaaaaaddd! We will not hear your clever words! You and your things are evil and will harm us!”.

Saddened by this rejection, the armed sheep moved off and spent their days on the edges of the flock, trying from time to time to speak with their brethren to convince them of the wisdom of having such teeth, but meeting with little success. They found it hard to talk to those who, upon hearing their words, would roll back their eyes and flee, crying “Baaaaddd! Bad things!”.

That night, the wolves happened upon the sheep’s totems and signs, and said, “Truly, these sheep are fools! They have told us they have no teeth! Brothers, let us feed!”. And they set upon the flock, and horrible was the carnage in the midst of the fold. The dog fought like a demon, and often seemed to be in two places at once, but even he could not halt the slaughter. It was only when the other sheep arrived with their weapons that the wolves fled, vowing to each other to remain on the edge of the pasture and wait for the next time they could prey, for if the sheep were so foolish once, they would be so again. This they did, and do still.

In the morning, the armed sheep spoke to the flock, and said, “See? If the wolves know you have no teeth, they will fall upon you. Why be prey? To be a sheep does not mean to be food for wolves!”. But the flock cried out, more feebly for their voices were fewer, though with no less terror, “Baaaaaaaadddd! These things are bad! If they were banished, the wolves would not harm us! Baaaaaaaddd!”. The other sheep could only hang their heads and sigh. The flock had forgotten that even they possessed teeth; how else could they graze the grasses of the pasture? It was only those who preyed, like the wolves and jackals, who turned their teeth to evil ends. If you pulled their own fangs those beasts would take another’s teeth and claws, perhaps even the broad flat teeth of sheep, and turn them to evil purposes.

The bold sheep knew that the fangs and claws they possessed had not changed them. They still grazed like other sheep, and raised their lambs in the spring, and greeted their friend the dog as he walked among them. But they could not quell the terror of the flock, which rose in them like some ancient dark smoky spirit and could not be damped by reason, nor dispelled by the light of day.

So they resolved to retain their weapons, but to conceal them from the flock; to endure their fear and loathing, and even to protect their brethren if the need arose, until the day the flock learned to understand that as long as there were wolves in the night, sheep would need teeth to repel them.

They would still be sheep, but they would not be food!

By Charles Riggs, (C) 1997

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  • Jean

    I’ve heard another version of this parable, where following the armed response to the wolves’ incursion, the farmer destroyed all the armed sheep he could find, and IIRC, shot the dog as well.
    But the sheep knew it was worse elsewhere, so they stayed…

    • will

      The part that seems to be missing is why did the counsel elect to disband their protectors instead of seeing how the problem had been minimized. My conclusion is there were wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing on the board counsel. I believe that the infiltration was of such a grant scale that these frauds were able to over rule common sense. Love the ending , but it seems like more parts of the story are missing. Like why didn’t the counsel make up new laws to make it illegal to have sharp teeth and regulate a ruling to have all weapons filed blunt ? For the safety of the younger sheep and have mental checks to evaluate wither a fellow sheepdom was stable enough to own weapons. This type of thinking is endless so I end my comment, about this happy ending fairytale and reserve my right to believe that the glass is half empty instead of have full . That way my approach is with caution .

  • Scott

    Great stuff fellers…I will spread the word!

  • db

    ‘Tis better for the flock to have amongst them a sheep in wolf’s clothes (teeth, claws, etc) than a wolf in sheep’s clothes.

  • Crossroads

    This parable is obviously about the need for weapons. But I don’t see any part of it about water & food storage, unless the armed sheep hid some food & water in their part of the fold without being mentioned in the story.

    Did I miss something?

    • Charlie Foxtrot

      This parable is about sheep and people who act like sheep. You really missed the point of this story.

  • John

    As a sheepherder I have another story. The more freedom a sheep has the better it does. Sometimes a sheep feels too much freedom and strays from the herd. If not brought back it becomes bolder and others begin to follow. At first the herder is gentle about bringing them back but if they become too unruly out comes the dog.

    At certain times the sheep are corraled for shearing or trucking or vaccinations. Being in the corral is uncomfortable. They are bunched and forced to a chute. Some instead of staying with the flow try to turn and escape. These are prodded with sticks or hotshots or a dose of dog. If one or a few should escape they enter a very dangerous world without protection.

    It seems we are sheeple. We are either in the corral or heading towards it. The owners are very powerful and seem to have every gate closed. Most of the people fear the owners and don’t want anyone to try and become individuals because they fear the wrath will be distributed to all.

    The groupies strike out at the independants out of fear of the slave masters. So the real question is: Are we just chattel being harvested in which case resistance is futile or are we something more?

  • Russell D Van Winkle

    Great story

  • dkmeller1

    While every reader of the Daily Sheeple is personally acquainted with the ignorant and foolish “sheeple” who refuse to learn about, clean, and safely store their ” wolves’ teeth and claws” i.e. firearms, it certainly seems that a growing number are waking up to the dangers posed by the wolves!

    Interestingly, the very event-the Sandy Hook atrocity- which was supposed to galvanize public support for nationwide gun restrictions and confiscation (begun in Cuomo’s New York, the bluest of blue States, no less) has provoked the exact OPPOSITE reaction among MILLIONS of people!

    Even in New York City, you will find New Yorkers who are saying that Coumo’s legislation is an irresponsible and vicious power grab that is intolerable!

    Maybe our overlords in the NWO/DC occupation government are about to discover that you can push even sheep too far!

  • Ed Frizzell

    The parable left out the part about the farmer launching a drone strike into the armed group of sheep. And then sheeple were happy again…until they weren’t again.

  • Steve (self defense weapons guy)

    This may offend some religious types, but I just wrote this prayer for the new sheeples bible…

    Psalm 23: (the sheeple version)

    The government is my shepherd, I shall not want.

    They maketh me to lie down in fields where I need not think for myself.

    For though they hath great hunger for power, they giveth me all I need to become complacent.

    They prepareth a table of insecurity for me through rumors of enemies, so they may lead me like a lamb to slaughter for my own safety.

    They guideth me in paths of war for their own namesake.

    Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of freedom, I shall fear no decisions, for I need not make them of my own mind.

    Surely the government shall lead me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the land of tyranny for ever.


    • Steve Cee

      AMEN, Brother!!!

    • J A Root

      I guess I’m a religious type and you psalm does not offend me at all! Pretty well sums up the current situation.

    • Anonymous


    • D

      HAHA! I am a Christian, and I bet God chuckled at your ‘scripture.’ Clever!

    • Pj

      Psalm 24
      Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient sheep in wolves clothing, that the King of glory may come in.
      Who is this King of glory?
      The Lord DOG Almighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

      • Anonymous

        Very clever! The sad realization…’s true…sad as it may be

    • Some guy

      I dont really get the whole analogy. We are the sheep, the govt is the wolves and the dog is the cops, right? I dont really get what we’re being stopped from doing? In reality the wolves kill for food, why are the wolves killing us in real life? Not trying to offend anyone, just trting to understand.

  • Steve Cee

    Yeah! All too familiar cries of the sheeple in America who, like timid sheep fear the very weapons that would protect them from the unconstitutional government that is growing ever stronger every day! Woe to the cowards who take away our Constitution and weapons of self defense.

  • unsheepled

    Sheeple WONT get that !

    • Uknown

      exactly, the sheep don’t get it.

  • Kenneth S. Doig

    Ek wunskiju dauðã ríkismannamz unsaramz, ek inz hato. Ija sind swíkande ríklande unsaram. Dauðã þaímz. Obama waz Kenyī gaborenaz, iz ist sawlseukaz “insane” jah. Staírba iz faúr iz þatsi kaírnunfríð starta

    • LDavis

      I was going to say that!

  • http://Facebook Tim

    The food did not go to land field like the bank ordered the church seen to it the needed got it I live in GA my family most of them are from Augusta

  • kayhryn

    when we were Young just wht were we told? i was told knowledge “is” power

  • Al Sheeber

    It could help if you fixed a tab: About Us, who you are, the political orientation, sources of funding and home base, sate, city etc…

  • Uknown

    Just ask questions and don’t believe people who don’t have pearly white eyes that shine.

  • dsl

    Holy sh*t this site has been around since 97!

  • Sonokar

    Did any of the armed sheep murder, rob or rape any of the unarmed sheep?

  • sonar

    this is a really really stupid story

  • GladI’mnotAmerican

    It’s missing the last paragraphs, where the sheep who live outside the herd discover that the wolves all secretly meet together on Thursday afternoon. some of the bolder armed Independant sheep follow the wolves only to discover they meet up with the farmer, and are in fact sheepdogs disguised as wolves.
    The Independant sheep rush back to the flock and try to tell them of their discovery, that the farmer is controlling everything, and that they’re food no matter how you look at it, but the flock doesn’t listen because the farmer assures them that those outsider sheep are all mad or have rabies and shouldn’t be trusted. And to prove he is there to protect them, the farmer posted another 4 sheepdogs, one on each paddock corner, and an extra in the middle to check each sheep with a fleece-Ray machine when they crossed the field to make sure they were obeying the weapon free zone compliance rules.
    Sometimes a sheep got a little bit eaten by the sheepdogs, but it was ok, because they hadn’t obeyed the dogs quick enough, and besides, the wolf attacks hardly ever happened now.

  • Chaplain Bob Walker B. Th.

    Much truth in this story…..then one finds the wolves made an agreement with the leaders of the sheep to not eat the leaders…or at least eat them last.

  • Al Bondiga

    Abbreviated Version:

    Not so long ago and in a pasture too uncomfortably close to here, a flock of sheep lived and grazed. They were stupid, lazy & self-centered sheep much more concerned with watching porn, playing videogames, surgically altering their sexual gender and consuming massive amounts of pharmaceuticals than anything else.

    A pack of wolfs noticed that these sheep were extremely stupid and so they decided to RAPE & EAT them.

    Which they DID.

    End of story.

  • phyllis55

    Excellent allegory. So much common sense gone to waste in the American minds.

  • Rod

    What a bunch of gits who read and believe the manure on this site.

    • The Concerned Citizen

      Can’t take the truth, I see. Go back to the flock. We don’t need you and you’re too ignorant to know you need the truth. You’re worse than the wolves as you shill for the wolves.

  • Beyond mere genius

    “We are sheepdogs.” Answering to what master, dogs always have masters, in reality, in mentaphor and allegory.

    MOLON LABE puppy-mommy

  • Doccus

    The important thing many seem to miss is that when the sheep first had the “teeth and claws” in the herd.. the wolves stopped attacking because *they didn’t know who had armed themselves*.
    THAT is key!

  • SoundMind

    On a sunny day not long afterwards, a sheep was grazing in the pasture when he heard a Voice calling him by name. The voice said, “Come to my pasture where the grass is green and there are many friendly sheep and sheepdogs, and I will be your new master and will protect you from the wolves forever.”

    The sheep heard deep compassion in the Voice and decided he would follow it to the new pasture. He begged his sheep family and sheep friends to come along with him to the better pasture, and a few others who had also heard the Voice calling their names agreed that they would go, too. However, most of the other sheep just ignored him, even some who were his favorites, and this made the sheep cry a little.

    The sheep followed the Voice to the new pasture and found that it was beautiful and luxurious. All the sheep there welcomed him and they all played together every day, and had a wonderful banquet with the Voice every evening. The sheep was so very happy and safe. The wolves never even came near the new pasture. He loved the Voice for making a place for him in the new pasture and for saving him from the wolves. He lived happily ever after. Amen :)

  • Sururu Formado

    baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad parable, baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad site, baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad libertarian people!
    So I learned from so many great benefactors and brilliant statesman
    Big Brother Obama,
    Great talmudic-Rabbi Krugman
    the NYT
    The whole big channels from free tv, paid tv
    etc etc.

    I am so happy, really glee, that I became so inteligent
    thanks to the fact I have been educated by teachers
    that are very well studied and informed by these sources
    and I also learn directly from there. since before I went to kindergarten
    my mother (I was not raised in those jurassic bigoted families with mother and father, I was lucky to have a modern family of single mother! and siblings from different fathers! ) so… my mom made me become smarter than the average kids, by putting me to watch tv all day long since I was 4 years old.

    I saw how americans are lucky that we land our heroes on the moon before the end of the 60`s just like promised and when the evil devilish foreigners were doubting that we could achieved that for real in that decade!

    I saw how ethnic-european people have evil spirits inside of them,
    at anytime these devil evil spirits can come out of them, so they will turn
    again into those evil bad nazis, the responsible for all the catastrophes and evil deeds since the garden of Eden.

    If they these ethnic nazis are not “mentally disciplined” by endless sessions of remembrance about the holocaust of the poor good guys only chosen people and only sons of god children and women, they will turn this currently heaven age we are so happy to be living in into the dark ages of the old centuries.

    Thank you ADL, AIPAC, MOSSAD for freeing the world from the evil guys.
    you guys know exactly when the ends justify the means of persecuting,
    defaming, calumniating, provoking the unemployment, and even killing the bad guys that you are so able to blacklist so perfectly.

    we have to find a way to pay you more for all this guard-angel finest achievements!

    we people of these times are so lucky!

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