One event of classic flock behavior I recall occurred in my youth, when a few dozen sheep under my sole supervision were grazing in a field of dry stubble. One of the sheep discovered a small hole in the wire-mesh fence separating it from an adjacent field that was filled with nice, green, juicy alfalfa. This Judas sheep stuck its head into the hole and tried to worry its way through. All it managed to do was get its wool coat thoroughly stuck in the wire. However, before I could get over to remove it from its predicament, all the other sheep started pushing from behind, trying to follow the one leading them astray. ... By the time I was able to get through the unruly mob of fence-crashing sheep, poor Judas had suffocated to death under the pressure of his fellow flock members pushing to follow it. This allegory shows what happens to an individual who is unable to make intelligent choices of its own. The Judas sheep saw something it wanted and went for it without thinking of the consequences. ... As for the rest of the flock, we see what happens when no one in a group has any analytical skills, no ability to think on his or her own. They blindly follow whatever whim seems popular at the moment. The shepherd is not always available to make your decisions for you, and sometimes even when he is, the mob gets there first and crushes your life out.