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The Wolf of the Matter

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Two Wolves | A Cherokee Legend
Last Modified: 02:38 p.m. DST, 3 June 2014

An old Cherokee 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 is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute, then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

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

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About Michael Ransom

Michael Ransom is the Managing Editor of The Nahmias Cipher Report. He is a recent graduate of The College of William + Mary, where he studied English. Michael enjoys exploring new cultures and learning languages. In the future, he hopes to merge his love for international travel with his writing career. His interests include intercultural exchange, environmental justice, criminal justice topics and all forms of equality.

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2 Comments on “The Wolf of the Matter”

  1. Morgan Says:

    Indian Wisdom is marvelous :)

    Reply

  2. Yousei Hime Says:

    Reblogged this on Shiteki Na Usagi and commented:
    One more reason why I love my Native American roots.

    Reply

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