Story of the Two Wolves


- By Bahram Maskanian

One evening under the beautiful blanket of twinkling stars, a wise old Cherokee man talked to his grandson about an internal battle that goes on within us all, the humankind.

He said:

My son, in all of humankinds' history there has always been an inner battle between two powerful wolves, both residing inside every single one of us.

One is Evil, characterized by: greed, envy, racism, murder, anger, jealousy, arrogance, resentment, inferiority, deception, elitism, false pride, selfishness, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good, exemplified by: common sense, reason, love, peace, compassion, justice, truth, love of Mother Earth, hope, fairness, joy of life, humility, benevolence, kindness, serenity, empathy, generosity, integrity, and sense of community.

The grandson thought about the words of wisdom he just heard for a minute and then asked his grandfather: -- Which wolf wins? --

The old Cherokee man simply replied: -- The one you feed. --