Father: There are three types of people in this world: Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs. Now, some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep. And then you’ve got predators. They use violence to prey on the weak — they’re the wolves. And then there are those who have been blessed with the gift of aggression and the overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed, that live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog. Now we’re not raising any sheep in this family, and I WILL WHUP YOUR ASS if you turn into a wolf – but we protect our own. Now if someone tries to fight you, or tries to bully your little brother, you have my permission to finish it.
Elder Son: The guy was picking on Jeff.
Father: Is that true?
Younger Son, Jeff: Yessir. Yes he was.
Father: Did you finish it?
(Elder Son nods silently in the affirmative)
Father: Well then, you know who you are. You know your purpose.
VIA Ann Barnhardt who then commments on it in On Servile Fear, Filial Fear and Meekness | Barnhardt
“Finally, we see in the eyes of both of the boys the love and respect they have for their father, and their desire to be good in his eyes, to make him proud, to be good for his sake. Note how even while the boys just a few seconds before jumped in servile fear of their father, they continue to look him dead in the eye, and look him in the eye when they answer his questions. The younger son answers his father with a genuinely respectful, “Yessir”, and then the older son answers his father with a nod, looking him dead in the eye. This is filial fear. Because their father is a strong man, a meek man, and a highly moral man, they boys respect him and thus LOVE HIM, and do not want to disappoint him because to disappoint him would hurt him deeply, and they know it, and can’t stand the thought of letting him down.”