Letter from a Reader re: "sheeple": Point well taken, THANK YOU!

images-13“Julie” (her real name) has given me permission to post her very insightful private email to me today re: the use of the word “sheeple,” and how it demeans suffering humanity. Thank you so much for calling me to attention here, Julie. Is there another term that would be more suitable to describe those who are still, in some sense, caught in the matrix? Any suggestions appreciated. I especially recognize Julie’s empathy with those who are just barely scraping money and energy together to help their families survive in an increasingly chaotic world that feels so uncaring, until we stop, and listen to our hearts, and know how they all yearn for connection, no matter how masked the longing.

And yes, Julie has agreed β€” hopefully! β€” to meet with me at the NAPC in Minnesota this weekend. I hear today that 400 permaculturists will be in attendance. Whew! What a blessing!

Hi Ann,

Thank you for your blog, and your often astonishingly brave insights. I check in daily, and am deeply appreciative of your gift of time and energy to us.

There is one thing that bothers me when I read insightful blogs such as yours, and that is the use of the word “sheeple”. To me, it’s a nasty word – disrespectful, dismissive, derisive, and dehumanizing, and lacking in compassion (finally, not a “d” word!).

I understand the concept behind it, but just consider for a moment the person who is not stupid and unaware, just bone-weary, and stuck in the matrix trying to do the best they can. They wake up, get the kids ready, go to work at a low-paying job, do 4 errands on lunch break, shop for over-priced, over-processed food after work, come home to under-natured, overactive kids, make dinner, volunteer at church, get the kids to bed, try to prioritize the bills, and then conscientiously watch the news before dropping, exhausted, into a restless sleep.

That’s just normal.

But add in the relentless programming, the altered and chemical-laden food, ubiquitous wi-fi, after-effects of vaccinations given in childhood, pharmaceuticals that inject cell-altering who-knows-what, the constant bombardment of chemtrails, flouridated and drug-filled city water – just to name a few things – and it becomes almost impossible to have a thought that hasn’t been manipulated.

I don’t know how some of us have broken free, or are trying, at least, to break free from the programming. It takes and extraordinary amount of time and effort to change a thought, to do the research, to wade through the BS to find alternative media sources. Only to slog through it and realize that it, too, is riddled with polarity, entrenchment, sleight-of-hand, and outright dis-info. It’s a mighty effort to come back to autonomy, to learn to trust self, and maintain the strength to land on the truth.

Given all that, calling people “sheeple” seems akin to blaming the victim, and I think we’ve all had enough of that.

So I ask you to please reconsider that term. Perhaps we can come up with another one that is less diminishing and more hopeful. Unawakened? Pre-neophyte? There must be something that adequately and compassionately captures the myriad battered human hearts and psyches living in such a viciously diabolical matrix.

Thank you for your consideration.

On a different note, I will be at the NAPC this weekend. It would be an honor to meet you, so I will look for you and, if feeling brave, come up and say hello.

All the best to you, and safe travels,
Julie

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7 Responses to Letter from a Reader re: "sheeple": Point well taken, THANK YOU!

  1. bumpercrop says:

    While I have empathy for the feelings of those unawakened, our survival as a species is endangered due to their continued willful ignorance. Do these people have empathy for our compassion in offering truths? Was it that long ago that we were branded as “conspiracy theorists” and ridiculed for daring to question the matrix? We were all at one time asleep, and even now we must remain vigilant and humble. But if memory serves, awakened people at one time reached out to us.The term sheeple sure got my attention, especially since I was indoctrinated with the metaphor of the “good shepherd”, at an early age.
    Sheeple seems like a mild term to me to represent the enslavement of nature. I have looked at my own ignorance, aghast, for the truth hurts. Efforts to relieve the pain of awakening, will only cause more pain and obstruct the movement. People need to know the truth, sorry about their feelings. I think their feelings will hurt a lot more if the cabal is successful, not to mention the feelings of all species. Here is a good article speaking upon this issue.
    Thanks to Julie for sharing and I do get the point.. Kindness and love must always be weighed with wisdom. Every effort to spare pain for others, and ourselves, can be destructive. The English bard said it best.
    Cruel to be kind, in the right measure.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-02-06/guest-post-sheeple-another-look-sad-breed

  2. Cnawan Fahey says:

    Great appreciation for Julie’s compassionate reflections….

  3. rose day says:

    Ann, I am with bumpercrop on this one… I intend no ill-will on the anti-sheeple tag folks, just merely
    suggest that a re-read offers numerous opportunities wherein the author could begin to take back control of her world minus sleep deprivation and breaking the bank.

  4. ksense says:

    Maybe “sheeple” is beginning to be used as a weapon, of sorts. My personal definition of it is the majority who defend those who enslave them, not because they’re “asleep” but because they’ve heard or known deep inside something isn’t right about their world and choose to ignore it. With every choice comes the responsibility for making it.

    We all have the same struggle They’re not to to be pitied, in my opinion. Empathy is for victims. Sheeple aren’t victims.

  5. mike0v says:

    Hey Dr. K!

    Awesome! Stirrin’ up the proverbial pot! You go, girl!

    Julie, don’t be afraid of the old broad at the gathering. She’s just a teddy bear. Not a sheep, mind you, just an old teddy bear! πŸ˜‰

    Mike V.

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