Breaking away from the Herd!



noun: People who unquestioningly accept what’s said by a political leader, marketer, etc.


A blend of sheep + people. Earliest documented use: 1945.
“The general public — the mass of sheeple — want to cling to two core beliefs.”
Pinchas Landau; Who’s in Charge?; Jerusalem Post (Israel); Nov 14, 2014.

A.Word.A.Day from

with Anu Garg

To what degree are you “one of the herd?”


Is it on purpose or accidental?

Is it because it’s easier and safer to be embedded in the herd?

I’m not here to judge . . . only to question because:

It could be that your beliefs align perfectly with the beliefs of the herd, so there’s no dissonance . . . no reason to wander.

Of course, you might actually be the shepherd, and the others are your sheeple followers . . . Oh my! Such responsibility!

So . . . If it’s working for ya, no need to shake things up . . . BUT if you’ve slipped up and joined a herd out of convenience and are feeling uncomfortable and restricted and awkward, I hereby grant you permission to wander. By all means, you may choose to find a different herd of Sheeple, or you could fly solo for a while, or even start your OWN herd.

I’m OK with any of the above . . . as long as it’s YOUR choice.

I write this to nudge anyone out there who may be feeling “trapped” or “stuck” because if you are, there’s only ONE person to blame . . . YOU!

Please don’t ever forget the Universal “Law of 2 Feet

If at any time you find yourself in a place where you feel you are neither contributing nor receiving anything of value, then it is YOUR responsibility to use your 2 feet to take yourself to a place where you CAN contribute and receive . . . Be ENGAGED – USEFUL and HAPPY!

This Law together with 5 principles completely describe Open space Technology which is (IMHO) the most concise imaginable “Way of life” which brilliantly “handles” this enigma of sheeple in herds through the permission of self organization.

The 5 Principles are:

  • Whoever comes is the right people
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • Wherever it happens is the the right place
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • When it’s over, It’s over

Mix in each of us taking responsibility for following our own unique PASSION, and amazing things get done.

Sheeple will be sheeple.

There will always be herds.

I hope you’ll CHOOSE you own way and be HAPPY!

PS: Open Space Technology was “Discovered” by my Father Harrison Owen some 30 years ago and is in use globally within organizations and governments of all shapes and sizes. It is particularly useful when there are important and urgent issues with a need for FAST resolution in environments with diversity of people and much potential for conflict. I have facilitated many groups and have experienced remarkable results akin to releasing the sheeple from the herd through granting them permission to think and articulate independent thought and action.

I’m always available to explore issues and opportunities with folks and organizations who find themselves in a pickle with a need for fast resolution.

Published by Barry Owen

Strategist-CEO of Pareto Realty Real estate sales Professional Inviter-Facilitator-Practicer of Open Space Technology Opening safe space for people & organizations to self-organize around issues & opportunities BarryOwen.US Invite-Listen-Love

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