The Fainting Goat … by Alice B. Clagett

Revised; originally published on 20 February 2014 

Dear Ones,

I was at church on Sunday, at a ‘Sweetheart Auction,’ and listening in on a 3-hour tour de force by telepathic energies, centered in a less than totally loving way on yours truly. While I was eating lunch with my church buddies at the picnic tables just across the lawn from our sanctuary, one of them told me the story of fainting goats.

As he tells it, there is a breed of goats that have a genetic trait of falling down in a faint when they’re alarmed. Here’s a picture of a young goat in a myotonic fainting spell:

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Image: Fainting Goat, by Redleg, public domain (1)

As the story goes, some sheep herders, knowing that the fainting goats were less expensive than their own sheep, thought up the notion of adding a fainting goat to their sheep herds. That way when predators came around, the goat would faint and be eaten, and the sheep would run away. So I asked the person who told the story, why the sheep herders just buy a couple of watch dogs? He said he didn’t know about that.

So then Tuesday I went for a walk on the beach with some friends, and I told them about the fainting goats. One of my friends said, that’s just like Hitler’s Germany, where the people separated out a group of people as ‘different’, and sent them to concentration camps, because they were too afraid to look at the true situation, that they were being controlled by a powerful elite. Hummm….

It seems to me that the ‘fainting goat’ thing is a common subconscious ploy. People in an ‘ingroup’ will perceive another, less powerful, person or group of people as the ‘fainting goat.’ Something to offer up to the predators of their dream world, something to keep them safe from their fears of all the things, knowable and unknowable, that are manifesting in their lives.

Seen in the light of awareness, this ‘ingroup – outgroup’ thing, this throw ’em to the wolves thing, is pretty darn cruel. Yet it happens, sometimes subtly and sometimes not so subtly, all the time.

One of the ladies on my beach walk was talking about the time she realized she had become ‘invisible.’ She said it really hurt. She thought it was because, in her youth, she had been very beautiful. If she hadn’t once been so beautiful, it might not have hurt so much.

And there it is again – beautiful, sexy, young ‘ingroup’ and the senior citizen fainting goats. Maybe I should buy one of these little dudes, lavish it with love, and let my gardener go. But on the other hand, no, the coyotes would get it in a flash.

Well, be safe, dear ones, never faint at the sight of cruelty. Keep your heart wide open. Remember, love is all there is.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTE

(1) This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Redleg at English Wikipedia. This applies worldwide. See https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fainted.jpg

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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