. . .Dangerous Sheep

LET THIS BE A SIGN. LOOK AT THIS PHOTO OH SO CAREFULLY. GARNER THE WISDOM IN THIS SCENE. WHO OR WHAT ARE YOU FOLLOWING TODAY?
LET THIS BE A SIGN. LOOK AT THIS PHOTO OH SO CAREFULLY. GARNER THE WISDOM IN THIS SCENE. WHO OR WHAT ARE YOU FOLLOWING TODAY?
AVOID AT ALL COSTS, GROUPS OR CROWDS WHERE YOU ARE NOT A NAME, BUT ONLY A NUMBER. A STATISTIC.
AVOID AT ALL COSTS, GROUPS OR CROWDS WHERE YOU ARE NOT A NAME, BUT ONLY A NUMBER. A STATISTIC.
TYPICAL CITY SCENE. HUGE CROWDS. COLD. FACELESS. UNFRIENDLY.
TYPICAL CITY SCENE. HUGE CROWDS. COLD. FACELESS. UNFRIENDLY.
EVERYONE GOING SOMEWHERE, BUT WHERE IS SOMEWHERE?
EVERYONE GOING SOMEWHERE, BUT WHERE IS SOMEWHERE?
CROWDS, TO ME, ARE DANGEROUS. I CANNOT THINK MY OWN THOUGHTS IN CROWDS.
CROWDS, TO ME, ARE DANGEROUS. I CANNOT THINK MY OWN THOUGHTS IN CROWDS.
VOTING? GETTING IN LINE? WHAT? EVERY MASS, CROWD HAS AN ANGENDA--PUBLIC OR PRIVATE. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHICH IS WHICH.
VOTING? GETTING IN LINE? WHAT? EVERY MASS, CROWD HAS AN ANGENDA--PUBLIC OR PRIVATE. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHICH IS WHICH.
BE CAREFUL ABOUT CROWDS WHO SMILE ALL THE TIME. THAT'S ALL I AM SAYING.
BE CAREFUL ABOUT CROWDS WHO SMILE ALL THE TIME. THAT'S ALL I AM SAYING.
EVERYONE REACHING FOR SOMETHING. OR SOMEONE. WHERE WOULD YOU BE IN THIS CROWD?
EVERYONE REACHING FOR SOMETHING. OR SOMEONE. WHERE WOULD YOU BE IN THIS CROWD?

Take A Moment To Look . . .

one day, it's fine. We are fine. Our family is secure. Our government is doing well. Health is abound. Prosperity is rampid. Smiles are infectious. Sidewalks full of feet with new heels, leather shoes, and work boots. Life is good, my friend. I have a house, a mortgage, a neighbor who loves me, and my kids are members of the Girls and Boy Scouts. Who could ask for a better, richer life?

"Sam, did you hear our minister this morning, how we read some scriptures on how we should not give up our independent thinking?" "No, I have to say, I didn't. Janey was whispering to me at that time. Sorry I missed it. Rev. Billowby is such an enlightened man,"

"Did you say independent thinking? Shhh, our wives might hear us. Keep it down, Joe."

Besides Rev. Billowby's sermon and the controversial topic of independent thinking, what could be capturing the conversation between these two suburban American's who love God, the USA, the military, neighbors and anyone who doesn't pose a threat to their way of life? I really cannot tell you. Rochester, New York, is not one of the places I visit in the summer. But I can see for myself that Joe and Sam, insurance salesmen for a noted insurance company in nearby New York, certainly represent the level nearest to the upper crust in this mid-50's theater of American life. I tell you. Joe and Sam would not be seen in their underwear vests in town like they are now--watching the rib eye steaks cook on Joe's new grill he bought this morning at JC Penney's on credit. Joe is personal friends with the store manager, Tim Hastings, who attends church with him. Hastings is a solid citizen.

We are born. We grow. We learn. We reproduce. We produce. And produce. Grow old. Then pass. What a cycle to cope with if you are a human. Animals do not fear death like we do. Sometimes I wish I had just kept to my own narrow path years ago and not be caged-in, framed-in and suffocated like I am today. I am sure that Joe and Sam are thinking the same thing.

It's silent. Odorless. Harmless, at first. Akin to an octopus capturing its meal. Slowly. Surely. Calculating. The octopus, like the subject at hand, will eat its meal as what I am talking about will ultimately and eventually consume its followers. One-by-one. Or in a mass. You can bet your last worthless dollar. People will pay for their rash and thoughtless decisions.

We are like sheep, dumb, trusting, blind. All of us. We can own up to it. Deny it. Or hide our heads in our coat pockets for we do not want to make waves, no sir. We are peaceful. Dormant. Doscile. Uneventful faceless members of a numberless crowd. That eats its own. And still at the same time, continues to grow by the day.

Casually, sweetly, and silently it speaks to us as early as adolescent years. We long to be accepted. We yearn to be loved. We would almost kill to be taken in by 'the' elite. The hard-thinkers with greased-down hair who love sweater vests and take pleasure in kicking the disabled to the curb. This is 'the' mass we pray that will have us. At their terms. Not ours. We don't really care what or whom we have to sacrifice. Just as long as we get to be with 'the' mass.

At first, breathing is easy. Life is easy. Friends flock like hungry ravens after the flesh of a dying animal in the forest. We smile. Things happen. Good things. Nice things. Things we can share withe grandma and grandpa at Thanksgiving as we feast on another lifeless victim. And I'm not talking about the bird. But the hapless member of our groups, we obligatorily call a family, who is not in 'the' chosen mass with us. Yes, that girl, boy, man or woman. They are the outcasts at our table. They are the ones told to sit on the back pew in our church buildings. Those people sitting across from you. Those people who, for some reason, choose to follow their own hearts. Bad or good. Rough or paved road. It was their decision. Not yours.

Yet, they are the ones with cold faces. Hungry bellies. And kept away from 'the' ones we have learned to love even if it takes swallowing their tasteless poison. And turning another blind eye to their cruel and secret intentions, that I can tell you, are not for the humble benefit of humanity, but only for themselves. Classic tale, eh? Dickens? No. A tale that is found its way of being the truth that no one wants to tell anymore. Keep a silent mouth. Do not stand out from the crowd you are following and have sold your sold to. Keep moving. Keep consuming. No matter what the loss. You are privileged. Chosen. Anointed to be in with 'the' innumerable crowds that do not know any better but to follow. Follow and not ask any questions. Of any kind. 'This' crowd, this elite bunch of well-dressers, soft-speakers, would be offended if you did that. And you have worked too hard to be turned out now.

I throw no stones. No harsh undertones. Just one truth. Maybe more. I am not good at keeping up with my own thoughts. "Following anyone, anything, single or group, blindly is very dangerous my friend." Very dangerous. If you do not remember any one phrase, sentence from this piece, please remember that one statement: "Following anyone, anything, single or group, blindly is very dangerous my friend." I thought it bore repeating.

Secretive, selfish-based groups are like that. Dangerous. They recruit anyone who feels left out with the ease of a master clockmaker in Germany. A wise person should, no, would serve themselves better by just asking questions. Ask the truth about this group of smiling faces that want you to join them. Have you forgotten how to use the one-word question, "why?" Use it. Often. And a lot. No dangerous group, and I mean dangerous, not as much as deadly to the body, but to the mind and soul, who gently as Chinese silk, take away your independent thinking. Your self sense of judgement of what and who is talking you. They do the thinking for you. And if you let them, and most innocent sheep do, they will talk for you, but use your mouth to advertise how good they are. How truly patriotic they are. Just be careful. Wise. And slow-to-say,''You bet! Yes, I want to join you. Right now!" These words could come back in your sleep as Scooge's ghosts.

In the society today, there are numerous groups. Some good. Some evil. Let me put my cards on the table. I am not against groups if the group is for its weakest limb as it is for its strongest back. But groups that 'use' people. Innocents for support. Money. Advantage are dangerous. And when was the last time you heard someone say the word dangerous?

I am not anti-church. Anti-Republican or Democrat. Anti-Christ. But I am for YOU, the person who reminds me of me. Slow to think and quick to jump on any bandwagon with a banner. Please, young and old alike, stop. Use your knowledge. Do your research about any group of person who is talking so hard to get you to join 'them.' That is all I am asking.

In other words, "If you are following a sheep, make sure that the sheep you are following knows where he is going. And what he is doing."

Okay?

WOULD YOU FOLLOW THIS CROWD?
WOULD YOU FOLLOW THIS CROWD?

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Boy, you put a lot of thought and time into this one! It's a great piece that speaks the truth about our society. You have a wonderful way with words. I saw a great painting once. It was filled with colored triangles, and in the very middle was a black square. The name of the painting was "I am an individual"


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

OCT. 25, 2011

8:21 P.M./CST

Dear Mary, THANK YOU kindly for this comment. And yes, I thought about this for a week or so until I finally got the nerve to write it. And I am so guilty myself of being a blind sheep who asked no questions--just followed along blindly. And felt to stupid in the end. Society is like this. Full of deceptive groups and some are hiding behind The Bible. What God must feel. Thanks again and I wish you a happy night. Keep in touch. Sincerely, Kenneth


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Oh, I forgot to tell you I voted this one UP. A happy night to you, too!!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

My New Good Friend, Mary! THANK YOU SO MUCH! That is very nice. I will NOT overlook your generosity. And you be blessed with a good night as well.

KENNETH


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Well said Kenneth! A superb hub and so much thought and work has gone into it - it's remarkable and very honest piece of work.

We are like this in Britain as well. We watch what is happening and follow like sheep, people shrug and say 'well that's just the way it is' - which really means I'm too lazy to think for myself and basically I don't care as long as I'm alright!

A great hub and a lesson for us all to take on board! Voted up + awesome!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, My Dear Hub Friend, Seeker7! THANK YOU, dear friend, talented-writer, for that warm response. Truth be known, this had been on my mind for weeks. I just didn't know how to present it. I guess, my my case, when I think too much, the words stop, but NOT, God forbid, to sound self-centered, when I just type, the words are there. And I LOVE YOUR hubs too. Let's keep the world around us FREE and SANE! Sincerely, Kenneth


hemustincrease 5 years ago

Wow. Lack of independent thought is probably the most dangerous aspect of humanity. Take a look at China? The holocaust? Todays USA and UK are no different with regards to the conformity to the masses rather than taking the time to properly evaluate every single aspect of life. Adolf Hitler himself said “what luck for rulers, that people don’t think” and “he who governs the youth, controls the future”. All based on brainwashing. I agree people can also use the Bible to cover many cults and evil practices. Nothing new under the sun. And God told us we were all like sheep gone astray. Thank God there is ONE way (Jesus) which can be wholly trusted AND properly based on intelligent thinking.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, my fellow follower of Christ, hemustincrease! Thank YOU, for those words that touched my heart. I am humbled by your thoughts. And without personal reflection or debate, I AGREE with you about China, US, UK and Hitler...and as OUR LORD has warned 'us,' there is ONE being groomed now somewhere in our world who is the most-humble, eloquently-spoken, intelligent men ever to grace our world, besides Jesus, he is of course, the anti-Christ. And all of this commotions--famines, wars, earthquakes, social unrest, economic woes on a global scale are setting the stage for this entity to make an appearance and solve all of these problems to the amazement of most huge denominations and followings of belivers who will confess that 'he' is the Messiah. But how deceived they will be. If you read 1 and 2 Thessalonians, you can clearly see that with the church's current condition, in places, people falling away from the faith, or traslated--TURNING FROM the faith, this is only one of the warning signs that we must heed to. And NOT be a blinded sheep and follow any Godly-SOUNDING man or group who shows up. Did I make sense? I ramble on and on sometimes. I am sorry. Thanks, my dear friend, hemustincrease, for YOUR testimony, faith in Jesus, and for following an amateur like me. God bless you richly! Sincerely and With My Highest Regards, Kenneth


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Kenneth,

Beautifully written my friend.

It is so sad that people will follow like sheep just to be accepted. March to the beat of your own drummer is my philosophy.

Voted up, up and away!


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

"Following anyone, anything, single or group, blindly is very dangerous my friend." I certainly hear you and I agree. Thanks!


Eddie-Perkins 5 years ago

Very interesting reading Kenneth. Very true indeed; to follow anyone blindly is dangerous. Vote up and interesting. ~ eddie


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

OCT. 31, 2011, 10:45 A.M./CST

Dear Sueswan, "THANK YOU so MUCH for your complimentary comment on this hub. YOUR comments always cheer me up. And may God bless YOU for all of your good deeds. Thanks also for the votes. Appreciate them too. And I am way too guilty of following the 'wrong sheep' in my life and later, paid the price. Only hard experience is the most-effective teacher. Thanks again, Susan, Sincerely, KENNETH


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

MsDora . . .THANK YOU so MUCH for your true comment. I wish we, as humans, could one thing. Use the mouth and sense that God gave us when approached by groups we are not familiar with and just say, "Who are you?" That would be a great start to finding out the truth. If any. That is hidden by most shady groups today. Kenneth


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Eddie-Perkins, THANKS to YOU too, for your encouragement. That makes my day worthwhile. And I must always 'practice what I preach,' when people or groups approach my front door. Some are legitimate. Some are not. The ones I am more at-ease to talk with are the honest, down to earth, people who are only asking for a crust of bread for that day. This gives "us" you and I, to give them an entire loaf. See my metaphor? Thanks so much. God bless you. Kenneth


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Kenneth, this hub is just excellent. The amoun of thoughts you had put in here, my new friend hats of to you. Really well done and it shows the out of the box thinking you have. I am honored to meet you here for sure and yeah gonna follow you like a SHEEP ahead, sorry cant help. Your this hub really impressed me a lot.

All votes up and away

God bless you

Deergha


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Deergha, thank you, my new friend, for your warm thinking. You also are an out-of-the-box thinker as well and that is a good thing. You take care and be good to someone else today and good things will happen to you soon.

Nurture your writing talent, my friend, and it will serve you for many years to come.


missirupp 23 months ago

Kenneth, I do love this piece of writing. I think you've captured the essence of growing up and into a group. I felt the child leaving a happy childhood, and blindly falling into our cultural traps. Yes, yes, yes, I love this piece!


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kenneth avery 23 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Jan. 9

Dearest and most-gifted, me missirupp,

I appreciate your comments and interpretation.

I am a blessed person to be friends with such a talent as you.

Thanks and bless you.

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