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TWO WOLVES

One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that rages on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all."

"One is Evil; It is anger, depression, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, pessimism, lies, false pride, unhappiness, superiority and ego.'

"The other is Good: It is joy, peace, love, hope, happiness, optimism, 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."

Note: This Aesopsian parable is reprised in the Cavafy Poem, Ithaka.