Tuesday 14 June 2011

Two Wolves

Indian folklore: Two Wolves

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, jealously, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, and ego.

The other is GOOD: It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth and faith.

The grandson thought for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf will win?"

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

Possible questions to discuss with students: 
  1. Which wolf do you feed? Discuss.
  2. In what ways are you feeding it? Discuss.
  3. Why do we sometimes want to feed one wolf but end up feeding the other one?
  4. What steps can we take to be consistent in feeding the right one?
  5. Is it easier to be consistent if the right wolf becomes stronger?
  6. Think of some consequences for other people and for yourself of feeding one wolf and some of feeding the other? 

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