The Wolves Within

A Grandfather, whose young Grandson had come to him with anger at a schoolmate who had done him an injustice said, "Let me tell you a story…"

"I too at times have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and doesn't hurt your enemy. It's like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I've struggled with these feelings many times…"

He continued, "It's as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and doesn't take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it's right to do so, and in the right way."

"But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone all the time for no reason. He can't think because his anger and hate are so great. It's hard to live with these two wolves inside me. Both of them try to dominate my spirit."

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which one wins, Grandfather?"

The Grandfather solemnly said, "The one I feed."

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