"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 have defined an aggressive sociopath—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."
Lt. Col. Grossman relates the views of a Vietnam Veteran (a retired Colonel) that separates people into one of three categories: Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs. While simple, his observations are very accurate and helps to show the perspective of these three distinct type of people in our society. Some of you will realize which category you are in when reading it, others will find that it puts into words the way they have felt for a long time.
The three categories of people and their descriptions.
Sheep- First off (as explained in the original writing) I want to be clear that there is no negative connotation to being in this category. Sheep are described as “kind, gentle and productive members of society”. They won’t harm one another intentionally and don’t have a capacity for violence (this is true of the vast majority of people). They just want to be productive and live their lives in peace. This is by far the largest group in our society.
Wolves- The wolves are predators that, “feed on the flock without mercy”. They are the bad guys. There are evil people out there that will do evil things with no regard whatsoever for the damage that they cause others. They hurt, rape and kill and have a great capacity for violence. They are not swayed in the least by pleas for mercy. If you don’t want to accept that this evil exists or you would prefer not to think about it, you are a sheep.
Sheepdogs- Sheepdogs “live to protect the flock and confront the wolf”. Our members of the Military and Law Enforcement are our most visible sheepdogs. There are also many more sheepdogs out there that do not wear a uniform everyday, such as our veterans and other private citizens that are ready and willing to to rise up and confront the wolf when the flock is threatened. The sheepdog also has the capacity for violence, but unlike the wolf, he has a deep love for his fellow citizens.
In the perspective of the sheep, the thought of violence is repulsive. It is such a foreign concept to the sheep, that most just ignore the evil or pretend it doesn’t exist. Denial is their defense. Think about it, how outraged would these people be if they discovered that their child’s school didn’t have working fire extinguishers, smoke detectors or a functioning sprinkler system? Their child is much more likely to be harmed by an act of violence at school than a fire, but the thought of an armed officer or teacher at school makes them uneasy. Having armed individuals at their child’s school would mean that they would have to admit that the evil exists and is real.
The sheep’s aversion to violence also causes them to be uncomfortable with the sheepdog. The sheepdog is not only a constant reminder that evil exists, but he embodies some of the same attributes as the wolf. Both have fangs (weapons) and the capacity for violence. To the sheep, this makes both appear to be very scary and unsettling.
The wolf has a totally different perspective. Like a true predator, he looks for the easiest way to get what he wants. There have been a lot of interviews with violent offenders that describe the way they choose their victims. Nearly all of them say that they choose those that appear weak and unaware to victimize. If they come across someone that gives them any indication that they will fight, they pass them up and wait for easier pickings. Most are looking to get something or satisfy a need, they are not looking for a battle with an equally matched adversary.
The sheepdog’s perspective is different than the sheep’s in that, “the sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day.” The sheepdog wakes up everyday knowing that the wolf is out there and is prepared and willing to face him. The sheepdog doesn’t long for this confrontation out of bloodlust, but out of a need and desire to protect his fellow citizens and loved ones from evil. He hopes that he is there to prevent them from facing the ugliness and horror of evil.
We definitely don't consider ourselves "hero's". LYBUA's aspirations simply reflect our way of thinking.
1. We refuse to be sheep.
2. We refuse to be a wolf.
3. We CHOOSE to be a hybrid.
And that is why we have entered an industry that does so much harm. An industry that could be beneficial to the community if done properly, accurately and with integrity.
For us the equation to start this website was simple: because mugshot sites exists + because mugshot sites are harmful + because mugshot sites are not going away anytime soon = we chose to make it better. We chose to be the change we wanted to see in a very dark industry.
Commercial mugshots sites...
That hideous reminder of a terrible day in our lives. And what do we find once we bail outta the pokey? OUR MUGSHOT IS EVERYWHERE!? And did you know 2 out of every 3 Americans will be arrested at some point in their lives? So basically, the majority of us are going to experience this same pain & humiliation. However, thanks to Look Your Best Under Arrest, you have a slew of additional options.
Swap that mugshot out for a good photo. Most people won't actually click the link & will be further deterred as it looks like a typical pic they'd see on SM.
Add YOUR side of the story. Everybody makes mistakes. Even police & prosecutors. If that was your experience, share it!! Now when Googled, people will at least get to read your side of the story before they form an opinion.
Innocent? Get instantly removed & a member of LYBUA's highly trained staff will assist you in removal from additional commercial sites.
Guilty? We work with the best Reputation Management firms around to get you down FAST. We can also clear your online background check. Ask us for more details.
On top of all this, and perhaps most importantly, we treat you like a human being. We are always here to lend an ear. We have all been where you are now. And empathy is always free.
We can also: refer you to jobs, temporary housing, rehab, clothing, food, health insurance, counseling, attorneys, etc, etc.
Whatever the need may be. Hit us up. We'll steer you in right direction.
To close I ask you to ponder this: what negative component of your life could YOU change with a little out of the box thinking?
Don't bitch about it. Change it.
We did it. Why can't you?
Wishing you a beautiful week!!!