Okay, if you have an Internet connection, then chances are you’ve read some variation of “The Parable of Two Wolves.” But of course I had to run it at least once on this blog.
What I find interesting is that there appears to be little consensus about the story’s origin. I prefer to think of it as the Cherokee oral tradition to which most people attribute it. But other people sharing it point to supposed authors as diverse as Billy Graham and George Bernard Shaw.
An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
“One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
“This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”
The old chief simply replied,
“The one you feed.”