Meet the most captive audience I’ve had yet. Charlie and I met these woolly wanderers on our morning walk today and it got me thinking about a word I’ve seen popping up on social media a lot recently. Sheeple. It seems to describe people who mindlessly go along with the majority on an issue, without properly thinking it through themselves. It’s a derogatory term and one that is usually bandied about in order to insult or criticise.
It’s reared it’s head in respect of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. I’ve also noticed it being thrown about with regards the upcoming US presidential elections. And, yes. It’s important that we make our own decisions on these most important of matters. We need to educate ourselves, research the issues and not be swayed by those who shout longest and loudest. It’s called having a mind of our own.
Most of us do in my opinion. We can no longer use ignorance as an excuse given our access these days to the media and internet. Yet, still the word ‘sheeple’ abounds. And, in my humble opinion, it has an aggressive edge to it. Many who use it do so, simply because the objects of their derision are not siding with their viewpoint. It’s the ‘I’m right, you’re wrong, so you must be a mindless sheep if you won’t accept my view of the world.’
It’s fair to say I’m not a fan of the word. Everyone is entitled to have, and express, their own opinion so long as it doesn’t hurt or harm anyone else. I think it’s called democracy. There is enough pain and suffering in this world without more unnecessary antagonism. Be kind to people. Even those you don’t agree with. Learn to respect their beliefs and values. Who knows, one day they might agree with you or vice versa. Even sheep have feelings.