So how exactly do you identify who is what type of person? Well, not real hard in some situations but it can be challenging and very very tricky in others. So it is best to start with the type of person is now as to what they are likely to be when the stuff hits the fan.
Yes, this is generalizing people in broad categories; while in reality each person is different and unique. Not all people may fit these generalized descriptions, but it is a starting place. Here is a good start on identifying folks and what they look like today to know what they will look like in “grid-down”…
Sheep – This category will be the largest category of people, I am thinking upwards of 80% of all people. This is a pretty easy category to recognize now. Almost to a person those that will become sheep are the basic liberals and Democrats; anyone who is a big supporter of the government. Obviously, anyone who currently receives government handouts will continue that mentality and expect to receive them disaster or not. Also, this category will contain almost all of your neighbors, fellow church and community members. Virtually all academics (all grade levels, including college professors) and doctors are in this category. Some people, such as doctors and academics, may start out thinking they are herding dogs or owner/masters, maybe even sheepdogs, but will soon be relegated to sheep status. So don’t let current profession or academic status fool you. And the sheep are not a bad thing! Sheep can be very productive after a disaster has hit because there are plenty of tasks and chores that need done; sheep are perfectly capable of performing work. They can also perform supervisory responsibilities. But do not expect the sheep to stand up on their own to defend themselves or others, for the most part it is simply beyond their capability.
Predators (wolves) – This is also a fairly large category of folks, probably somewhere in the 15% range. They are also likely to be easily recognized. They are low-lifes now and will be low-lifes post-disaster. In “grid-down” they will likely be heavily armed and not afraid to display them. They will almost always travel in larger groups and go after soft targets, especially solitary individuals or isolated families. They are the criminals of today with rare exception. One notable exception will be someone who is otherwise a “sheep” in today’s world but sees the benefit from being a predator. However, they will realize they can’t survive as a predator on their own so they will try to join with others they see as successful predators. But they will join a pack that isn’t too scary to them. There will be far more male predators than female predators. But the true Alpha or Beta female predators will be seriously dangerous and ruthless. Sexual predators will abound. They will try and leverage their resources to take advantage of people for physical gratification. However, should trickery not work they will resort to outright sexual violence to get their gratification needs met.
Herding Dogs – This is a somewhat tricky category due to their close resemblance to sheep dogs. This category will has about a 2 – 4% of the population. Herding dogs will generally be Type A personalities but not strong leaders. They are more likely to be along the lines of a Beta male/females in today’s world. Many military, current and former, will probably fall into this category. Same would be true for law enforcement officers. Position in the food chain will not usually determine herding dog or not. For instance, a deputy sheriff from a small county department is more likely to not be a herding dog, but a sheep dog. Whereas, LEOs from large departments, state or federal agencies will almost certainly be herding dogs. These folks will attempt to sound noble and will probably be very convincing but their herding instincts will come out eventually. Those negative traits will display quickly when dissent is voiced or their authority is challenged. Herding dogs will not tolerate having their authority challenged, especially by anyone they see as a sheep. By default they will not like sheep dogs due to the sheep dogs’ closer relationship with and dedication to the sheep. Herding dogs will try and control sheep dogs by whatever current authority they have. Herding dogs respond to command authority in today’s world, readily accept being told what to do, and rarely (if ever) question authority. They will only feel secure and safe when they are in control of the situation and in control of others; just as they are in today’s world.
Sheep Dogs – This can be a tricky category of folks to identify in today’s world. Sheep dogs are a very small percentage of today’s population; less than 1%, maybe much less. Failing to recognize sheep dogs in today’s world is due mostly to two reasons; 1) many sheep dogs in today’s world are low-profile, you simply don’t see them act as a sheep dog, 2) some of today’s herding dogs are actually sheep dogs but that characteristic won’t manifest itself until the “owner/master” of today disappears after grid-down or is exposed for who they truly are. Sheep dogs in today’s world are looked at by sheep as “extremists”, “nuts”, “kooks”, “tea party members” or similar labels. Liberals and democrats hate the concept of sheep dogs because they embrace and far prefer herding dogs. Liberals and democrats love sheep, they want everyone to be sheep with the exception of herding dogs and owner/masters. And yes, some liberals and Democrats see themselves in those roles; all Progressives do. And that is why they have a natural enmity towards sheep dogs. Most sheep dogs will keep to themselves until they are needed. Not always but normally they are the person helping to change a tire on the side of the interstate, they are the person carrying groceries for an old lady, they are the ones helping mow a neighbors grass or shoveling the snow off their walks. The reason I said “not always” is because predators will use those acts of apparent kindness and helpfulness as a tactic to engage potential prey. The difference is a sheep dog does it because it is the right thing to do, a herding dog does it because he was trained or told to do it, a predator does it because it is a way to gain access to prey.
Owner/Masters – This is an easily identifiable group in today’s world. Mostly they are politicians, community leaders, media celebrities and heads of businesses (mostly large corporations). They tend to be rich and include all of the country’s elite old-money families, and most of the new-money families as well. However, they can also be low-level bureaucrats and mid-level government employees. These are people who currently have some authority and feel they are entitled to special treatment and especially being able to control others. For the most part:
- They expect special treatment; most of the time they demand it.
- They are use to having their way, either through deserving it, paying for it or intimidating for it.
- They feel that they are superior in intellect and capability.
- They drive the fancy cars, live in big house, and take extravagant vacations.
With rare exception doctors and academics will start out in this category but will soon find themselves lumped in with the sheep. Probably the largest identifiable group of people in today’s world that will become owner/masters are military leaders, law enforcement personnel , and most of all – politicians at the federal and state level. Many politicians at the local levels will be in the category but by a smaller relative percentage compared to federal and state politicians. Politicians will fight each other for owner/master status after grid-down. These folks already have a power base of one kind or another. They will actively engage in expanding their existing power base any possible way they can. One of the “groups” that will be most dangerous will be unions, particularly unions that have been known for violence such as teamsters, miners, public employees and police.
Shepherds – This is the rarest for of person in today’s life and especially after “grid-down” has occurred. They will be a small fraction of 1% of the population Most people will be mainly concerned with survival and that means securing resources and power. Shepherds are not interested in either. The focus, almost exclusively, is and will be protection of a flock. There will be no desire to be exalted above the sheep, any indication to the contrary will indicate that you are actually dealing with an owner/master. Shepherds will recognize sheep dogs and will appreciate them and be grateful for their support. Shepherds will also be able to recognize herding dogs and the inherent danger they present. They will most likely try to convert herding dogs into sheep dogs. They will probably be successful to some degree in this and exhibit great patience in this effort. The herding dogs that do not make that transition will harbor resentment towards the shepherds and begin to show disrespect and disdain towards the shepherd. That in-turn put them at odds with sheep dogs and foster conflict. The archenemy of the shepherd is the owner/master. If a latent owner/master is a member of the shepherd’s flock they will probably do one of two things; 1) make a play to unseat the shepherd from their leadership position, 2) try to bring in outside influence or bargain with a neighboring owner/master to overthrow the shepherd. Shepherds behaviors and action should never be confused with any form of cowardice. A shepherd will be ferocious in defending the flock and will do anything within moral an ethical bounds to do so. A shepherd who has been a sheep dog, especially a trained sheep dog, is especially competent and able to defend the flock. A shepherd must be cautious with their own ego and desires. Should a shepherd begin to place his own needs and wants above the welfare and needs of the flock they can quickly slip over into the category of owner/master. And they will likely turn into a very capable and brutal owner/master since the moral and ethical foundation will have been removed. Rare (extremely) will be the shepherd who converts to an owner/master.
My next post in this series will be POST-DISASTER PERSONALITIES : Part 3 – The Hybrids
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