Two Wolves

A little something I received in an email from a friend the other day:

One evening an old Cherokee 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 thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

That’s a pretty good allegory although I don’t necessarily separate things into Good versus Evil, Black versus White or Red versus Blue. Categorizing things in this way is far too limiting, ignoring the infinite shades of gray in between. It’s the gray areas we need to explore in order to find the real Truth. Still, if you feed the good stuff, life is much better.