The Herd

I strongly object to being called part of a herd.  I have only one thing in common with “herd” animals.  We are all mammals.  I’m not a cow or a buffalo.  I’m not a zebra nor am I even distantly related to antelopes.

Homo sapiens (modern humans) have been around somewhere between 250,000 and 400,000 years and to my knowledge only very recently have we been called a herd.  During that span of time, we have become a species of over 7.8 billion.  Some 330,000,000 of those are living in the U.S. legally, (plus a few hundred thousand that live here illegally).

So now all of a sudden some political hacks in big government, supported by a handful of medical people that are largely interested in keeping their faces on TV and their names in the news, and propped up by some liberal media talking heads have now decided that we are a herd.

Herd animals tend to move together, act alike, and react to a given situation in the same way.  One doesn’t have to study humanity very long to figure out that we humanoids don’t have those qualities.

There are no two of us quite alike.  So, given that, maybe I’m the only homo sapien that objects to being classified as part of a herd.

Do you know how two or three dogs can move a herd of sheep, perhaps a hundred or more down a road, through an opening in a hedgerow, across a field, and through a gate into a new pasture with little or no help from a human?  Fear.  The dogs run along the back and sides of the herd of sheep barking.  The sheep feel threatened so they run in a group because instinct tells them that there is safety in a group.

We are being told that there is safety from the virus if we are all vaccinated as a herd.  Are we, in spite of our differences, in spite of our analytical abilities, really deep down just a bunch of sheep being herded by a few barking dogs?

It is interesting to note, however, that some 38-40% of our military personnel are declining to get the vaccine.  These are people that have been trained to act as a group in a platoon, as a company, or any other size of a unit and yet they are stepping out of that training to decline to be a part of “this defined herd”.

We are now seeing a growing percentage of vaccinated people catching the virus anyway.  So we have to ask ourselves are we reacting out of fear, or out of the hope that a shot will make everything okay again?  Are our actions because of pressure from an employer, family, or barking dogs?

Are we really sheep in human clothing?


Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent
KEN is a 46 year veteran hotelier and entrepreneur. Formerly owned two hotels, an advertising agency, a wholesale tour company, a POS company, a leasing company, and a hotel management company. The hotels included chain owned, franchises, and independents. They ranged in type from small luxury inns, to limited service properties, to large convention hotels and resorts. After retiring he authored a book, “So Many Hotels, So Little Time” in which he relates what life is like behind the scenes for a hotel manager. Ken operated more that 100 hotels and resorts in the US and Caribbean and formed eight companies. He is a firm believer that senior management should share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of management.

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    • Carol: I’m not sure there is a simple or all encompassing answer to that question. Some will always be more willing to serve and even sacrifice for the greater good than others. The questing though needs to be wed with who determines what is in the best interest of the community? What you think is in our best interest and what someone else thinks may not be the same.

      However, it has been my experience than when a person’s safety and security is on the line they will ultimately act in what they believe to be their own personal interest.

      Having said that though your question is a good one that has stood the test of time.

  1. Excellent article Ken. The media supported political elites who fanned the flames of fear in order to gain more control. It was just unbelievable to me how the masses quickly and without complaint surrendered our civil liberties.
    It was once said that folks who surrender their liberties for security deserve neither.
    Sheep only know how graze and run from the wolves. We need more sheepdogs! God bless the U.S. Marines and you Ken and God help the “herd”. To hell with the fear merchants!

    • Ah, another brave soul heard from. Thanks, Danny. Like you, I find it incredible that so many people simply surrender their freedoms and liberties that so many have suffered and died to get and retain.

  2. Great article Ken and certainly one agreed with by many no doubt, but I am sure that the mini agree are being silent. I for one have decided not to get the vaccine. I have my own personal reasons and I don’t live by fear which I feel is being emphasized pushed and shoved down the throats of many. I’m not saying that the virus itself is not serious, it is. Just as the flu which killed many year after year which she has not been spoken to by the media at all. I feel for those that have passed because of the virus and I truly blame China for this and at some point God will hold China accountable. I live by my faith and not by fear. We are not animals we are human beings. Be well and God Bless.