Saturday, March 28, 2009

Rest Day - 29 March 2009

Thanks to Freddie C. of CrossFit One World for posting this.

Clockwise from top left: John Hege, Sgt. Daniel Sakai, Sgt. Ervin Romans, and Sgt. Mark Dunakin.

Four officers from Oakland PD were killed in the line of duty on Saturday, March 21, 2009. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of our fallen brethren and to all members of OPD.

"Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.
'Then there are the wolves,' the old war veteran said, 'and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.' Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

'Then there are sheepdogs,' he went on, 'and I'm a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.'

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? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero's path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed." - Excerpt from On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs by LTC (Ret) Dave Grossman

Read the rest of the post on CrossFit One World's Blog

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