Thursday, July 17, 2008

Two Wolves - A Cool Folktale

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is a pretty good book with an excellent message and some cool twists and turns. Late in the book, Jeremy receives an old letter (I won't spoil the book by telling you where the letter came from, how he got it, or who send it). The letter has a cool folktale that I am going to share with you. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope it makes you think!

An old man is 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 wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf 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 asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old man replied simply, "The one you feed."

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