Cherokee · First Nations - USA · How We See the World · North American Aboriginals

The Two Wolves – A Cherokee Story

One evening, an elderly
Cherokee brave told his
grandson about a battle that
goes on inside people.

he said “my son, the battle is
between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
one is evil. it is anger,
envy, jealousy, sorrow,
regret, greed, arrogance,
self-pity, guilt, resentment,
inferiority, lies, false pride,
superiority, and ego.

the other is good.
it is joy, peace love, hope serenity,
humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity,
truth, compassion and faith.”

the grandson though about
it for a minute and then asked
his grandfather:

“which wolf wins?…”

the old Cherokee simply replied,
“the one that you feed”

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