And the word for the day is…

by Natalie P.

June 14, 2008 | Filed Under Social idiocy, The Heartless Bitch Way | 4 Comments

…”SHEEPLE”

as in “People who are SHEEP”.  (I wanted to say “people who are fucking sheep”, because I feel that strongly about it, but given the fact that “fucking” can be an adjective or a verb, it could give the wrong connotation and completely mislead my audience. As it is, this post alone is going to get me indexed by the pervs looking for bestiality sites).

I’ve been riding my bike to work lately and it’s given me a whole new perspective on how bad the “herd” mentality in humans actually IS. I have become even MORE convinced (if that is even possible) that most people are, in fact, SHEEPLE. 

I take the bike paths for most of my route to work, but for one part, I simply can’t. The streets are so filled with traffic and large scary buses, and narrow lanes, that I take the sidewalk for a short segment of my journey.  Now this is a LARGE, WIDE boulevard of a sidewalk. There is room for all on it.  And yet, even if I “ding” my bell politely as I approach the herds standing at bus stops, they just STAND there, doe-eyed, if they even look at me, in clusters ALL OVER the sidewalk, and most make no effort at all to move, even though there is plenty of space to step aside and let me through.  It reminded me of the cattle I used to encounter on my way to a workplace that was in a rural location.  Big, immobile and dumb as posts. They look at you with utter (udder?) vacancy in their eyes.

Fer CRISSAKES PEOPLE. FUCKING MOVE.  Show some COURTESY. Step aside. It’s not like it would COST you anything!  I’m taking an environmentally responsible option for getting to work.  I’m not going super fast. I’m just trying to get through.

And even when I’m NOT on my bike I regularly see people who are willfully fucking oblivious and self-centered and will stop and chat in front of a very busy door way or entryway where people are streaming in and out.  Could they step to one side, and not block the entrance? NOOOOOOO. Apparently they simply MUST stop right there to talk on their cellphones or chat with their friends. And we Canadians are so damn polite, we will seldom say, “Would you mind moving to one side? (You fucking clueless and self-absorbed idiot)”.   I have noticed this is particularly bad for people getting off planes. Could they stand to one side of the gangway? No. They have to stop and get their family organized in the MIDDLE of the exit ramp.

Of course, my frustration has been driven ever deeper by the fact that I have been involved in an environmental cause – a fight against legislation and companies that, if allowed to continue, could result in radioactive contamination of our food and water supply.  We have been trying to raise public awareness and just get people to understand the issues.  Unfortunately, the vast majority just want to keep their herd blinders on and really not know anything about it. They have no desire to learn or know or pay attention to what is going on around them. They are SHEEPLE. 

We periodically do information sessions, and hand out fliers.  Really simple one-page sheets that highlight the main issues and invite people to find out more through a very good website that has plenty of info.  It is staggering how many people just put their heads down and bluster past.  If you ask if they would just like some information on the subject, they mutter “no. not interested.” Especially frustrating are the “fashion victims” that travel in their own mini-herds (male and female alike), that probably know exactly what is going on in Britney Spears’ life today, but couldn’t care less about anything that doesn’t come from a mall or favorite TV show. Lately I have had to strongly suppress the urge to not jump in front of those types, stare them close in the face and loudly shout, “BAAAAAAAAAAAA!”, just to see the reaction.

Similarly, as I attempt to cycle past the herds on the sidewalk (yuppies in suits are the worst), that completely ignore the bell on my bike, I have to suppress that urge as well. 

So many Sheeple. It’s enough to make a Heartless Bitch totally misanthropic.

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  1. Tinlok June 15, 2008 7:31 am

    I must say Natalie, I had a recent “Sheeple” siting the other day. Sitting down for lunch in the city, I witnessed a small group of “Scientology is a dangerous cult” protesters. It’s quite amusing when more than half are deranged goth kids wearing masks and that they cite Wikipedia on their brochures.

  2. catonwheels June 15, 2008 7:45 pm

    Heh, they do that to me too here in the UK. (I use a wheelchair.) The most annoying ones are those who stand there & watch you come up to them, then have the gall to look offended when you politely ask them to move. I’m sitting in a 2-foot-wide contraption, people! I can no more fit through that 6-inch gap you’ve ‘kindly’ left than I can turn into vapour & waft through you. Please switch on your brain and use some basic courtesy.

  3. Kimberly June 28, 2008 9:48 am

    Yep. I see this “sheepish” behavior/attitude everyday and it is discouraging. These “sheeple” (love it) remind me of Pink Floyd’s “Animals” album, you know, how they define people as dogs, pigs and sheep. They were right on back then and even more so today, IMHO.

    How bout those people who say “well, there’s nothing I can do about it so I’m just going to accept status quo”? Hmmm. Is it me or isn’t that a pussified way of saying they’re willfully sticking their heads in the sand? Ick.

  4. bp September 15, 2008 1:33 pm

    I am unfamiliar with Canadian bicycle laws, are you allowed to legally ride bicycles on sidewalks? I know some bicyclers who think they have right of way on sidewalks when they in face to not. Though you may be upset that people are not moving out of your way, could they not be upset that you are riding a vehicle amongst pedestrians? Perhaps thinking about others’ point of view may help you keep your cool next time you are riding. You are right about the overall point of your article though, people don’t like to make decisions. Just ‘going with the flow’ is easier, and people are lazy.


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