In this short post, we solved the riddle.
Anyone who works as a cop or soldier has heard the tale:
“There are 3 sorts of people: sheep, sheepdogs and wolves. The wolves are the criminals prey on the sheep. Cops and soldiers are the sheepdogs that protect the flock from wolves.”
But what purpose do the sheep serve in this story?
….to be shorn or eaten.
Both wolves and sheepdogs are members of the canine family. Both are carnivores who eat meat. It is clear that criminals take money from the public. But cops and soldiers also take money in the form of wages, health insurance, and pension.
Either way, the sheep are going to be paying something. Whether they pay to the wolf or the sheepdog is irrelevent. Both feed off of the sheep.