The vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.
Then there are the wolves and the wolves feed on the sheep. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds.
Then there are sheepdogs who live to protect the flock and confront the wolf. Or, as a sign in one California law enforcement agency put it, “We intimidate those who intimidate others.”
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 are a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are 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.
On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict In War and Peace
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman