A story has been circulating online about a DEA officer who stopped at a farm to inspect it for illegal drug cultivation. The story goes that the farmer allowed the officer to conduct the inspection but warned him not to go into a particular field. When the officer insisted on his authority and displayed his badge, the farmer relented and went about his chores. Shortly after, the officer found himself being chased by a bull and narrowly escaped with his life.
This story is a cautionary tale about the dangers of arrogance and the importance of humility, even in positions of authority. The DEA officer in this story clearly believed that his badge gave him the power to do whatever he wanted, regardless of the wishes of the property owner. His aggressive and dismissive attitude towards the farmer was indicative of a larger problem within law enforcement: a lack of respect for citizens' rights and dignity.
However, the story takes a surprising turn when the officer finds himself in danger and the farmer comes to his rescue. Rather than gloating over the officer's misfortune, the farmer demonstrates compassion and empathy by urging the officer to show the bull his badge in order to avoid further harm.
This moment of humility and kindness serves as a powerful reminder that we are all capable of making mistakes and misjudging others. We must strive to treat everyone with respect and dignity, regardless of their position or status. And when we find ourselves in a position of authority, we must exercise that power with care and humility, always mindful of the impact our actions may have on others.
A DEA officer stopped at our farm yesterday, he said “I need to inspect your farm for illegal growing drugs.”
I said “Okay, but don’t go in that field over there.”
The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, “Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me!” Reaching into his rear pants pocket, the arrogant officer removed his badge and shoved it in my face. “See this badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish…. On any land !! No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself clear?…. do you understand?!!”
I nodded politely, apologized, and went about my chores. A short time later, I heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by my big old mean bull…. With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he’d sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified.
I threw down my tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of my lungs
“Your badge, show him your BADGE!!”
In conclusion, the story of the DEA officer and the bull is a tale that reminds us of the importance of humility and kindness, especially in positions of authority. Let us strive to treat others with respect and dignity, and let us never forget that a badge or a title does not give us the right to trample on the rights and freedoms of others.