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I Had A Dream - State Of The Sheep

Updated on May 23, 2020

What Do Sheep Dream Of?

"when the sheep sleep" by cerulean kitsune on
"when the sheep sleep" by cerulean kitsune on | Source

Counting Sheep

I had trouble getting to sleep one night, so I started counting sheep. Not real sheep, but the imaginary sheep some of us were taught to count when we were little and had trouble getting to sleep. In my imagination, the sheep would slowly be led walk to a fence and then jump over. I counted them as they jumped. Even though they were orderly and lined up, they were difficult to count. After a while, I began counting to something like a cadence in my dream:

One, two, three, four -
Over the fence, trying to snore;
What I really wanted to know,
After jumping where they would go?

As I slowly began to drift off to sleep, the sheep began getting impatient. The sheep began to form multiple lines as they moved forward, forming up to go over the fence four at a time. The sheep began passing through a little bit faster, and the cadence changed as I began to dream.

Four, eight, twelve, sixteen
Jumping faster and looking lean.
What I really wanted to know
After jumping where they would go?

Leading Sheep

As I dreamed, I slowly zoomed outward. My dream was no longer totally focused on the fence, but had expanded to look around at the greater scheme. When I looked back from whence they came, I noted the sheep were in a calm green pasture. Some were grazing peacefully, others were looking toward the commotion. Many had left their peaceful grazing so they could get closer to see what all the commotion was about. Slowly, the entire herd of sheep had gathered and begun to move towards the fence. They had followed and moved toward the noise, where someone appeared to be speaking to the small crowd of sheep gathered around. The speaker was chanting:

My fellow sheep, gather around me,
Don’t you all just want to be free?
The grass is greener where the others went,
So give up your grazing and jump the fence.

The sheep farthest from the speaker had no clue what the speaker was saying, so they crowded in, trying to get closer. From a distance the sheep seemed motivated; after all, what sheep does not want greener pastures? Watching the sheep gather and push toward the fence, it seemed they had a common purpose, and it seemingly showed as they gathered. They were chanting the message they thought was coming from their speaker.

Hope  - hope - hope and change
We are sheep, who graze the range.
But what we really want to know,
Is after jumping where will we go?

As they moved forward and toward the leader, and toward the fence, the chant changed a bit. It sounded vaguely like those movies you may have watched where trainees are learning disciplined marching. It was also the sort of chant whose message described the path to change that they would follow.

Hep two three four
Over the fence we will graze some more.
Where the gates go we do not know,
We will jump to see where they go.

The sheep moved as one, for they thought they must be moving in the right direction.

If you are a good organizer, and a good teacher, and perhaps a dreamer, then the only limit to what you can teach sheep is your own imagination.

Teaching the Sheep - from uberovids on YouTube.

Note at about 1:10 into the video, the teachers begin playing with the sheep.

The Other Side of The Fence

I continued to look over the entire scene as I dreamed, still not understanding the full scene. My attention was drawn to the other side of the fence that the sheep were jumping over. The fence they jumped over led them into another fenced area, seemingly wide open and next to the pasture, but with the fence on the far side narrowing down to four narrow passages to gates. The passages were narrow, and tunneled through a large covered area that I could not see into. Upon exiting the large covered area, they entered another passage, similar to the one that had led into the building. The last was a really long passage that led in a wide circle back to the far side of the original pasture. As I looked closer though, I noted the sheep somehow now looked different, and much more quiet and complacent.

Most notably, they no longer bleated to a rhythmic chant.

Change - from teachertechbruce on YouTube.

They had been fleeced.

State of the Sheeple

As my dream continued on, the sheep returned to grazing peacefully in their pasture. Before returning, they did gather around one last time to hear a few final words from the leader who had convinced them to jump the fence. His message was now much clearer, for the sheep had been led to understanding, and they understood where their actions had led them. Many now shivered in the cold, facing a future with no warmth. And they chanted:

	Hope – hope – we hoped for change
	But we were fleeced, and now we’re shamed.
	They called it a tax, how could we know
	We’d be so sick where we would go?

The Sheep Congress - from INSANERB30 on YouTube.


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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image


      6 years ago


      I guess sheeple is more intuitive than I imagined. I don't often have these delusions of grandeur.

      I am happier to know that it is in more common use than I thought.

      It is only fitting considering sheeple is our most abundant product in the US.



    • FitnezzJim profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      I have no idea where the term 'sheeple' comes from. My first recall was I heard it from my grandfather, in the a960's. He lived in DC, roughly 1920 trough 1990.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image


      6 years ago


      And I thought that I created the label Sheeple.

      Sheep plus People

      AKA the loyal party voter.

      Nice images.

    • FitnezzJim profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Thank you Breakfast Pop.

      Oh - baaaa - ma!

      Thinking of it like that does offer a new insight to the chants we heard at the political rallies.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      7 years ago

      Well, after all, his name is OhBaah-ma, right? Honestly, I still fear that there are way too many people who don't mind being led around by their noses and I am voting it up, useful, interesting and awesome. or should I say outstretched hands. Your hub makes sense

    • FitnezzJim profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Than you for commenting joer4x4. I wish I had the answers to all your questions. I can only offer a response on that last question: lots of folks think something is wrong, but the simple truth is that more seem to think this is good.

    • joer4x4 profile image


      7 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Nice Metaphor.

      I don't get it at all what people are thinking. Just living day to days smacks them in the face and yet they ignore reality.

      When they walk into a department store and see sales signs proclaiming 75% off doesn't that ring a bell? How is it they can sell the same product for $25 that they were selling for $100? Is that all markup at a hundred bucks? Are they making a profit at $25? Not just a few items that are marked down, it is all over the store in every store.

      People watch their grocery bills grow each month. Don't they realize they are overpaying for everything like gas, electric, phone, and clothing. Prices go up and the contents keeps getting smaller.

      Why are taxes increasing all over the country? Why are row homes is the big cities not longer owned but rented?

      Why must we use less energy and water yet pay more for less?

      Why are there so many dollar stores now selling junk for a dollar when in the past a good quality item only cost a dollar or less?

      Why are we paid by direct deposit instead of cash or check now? Why are we using credit and debit cards to make it easier for criminals to steal our money and information?

      Why is it we can't use a computer without big business making our computers their home and trying to secretly take our information? If we did that they would be the first to squawk.

      Why is it politicians write laws to protect business and do not write laws to protect people?

      Why do we consistently believe in what other men say when we do not have any experience with it?

      Does anyone think anything is wrong?

    • FitnezzJim profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Thanks Frog. As I searched for supporting material for this Hub, I developed the speculative opinion that Sheep herders probably have a deeper understanding of politicians and their techniques than the average everday person.

    • The Frog Prince profile image

      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Great lesson in reality. Many may not get it but what we are seeing in this nation now is what one should expect, and nothing more, from a community organizer. What they do is divided the herd further and further apart.

      Shared and tweeted.

      The Frog


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