Most of us know this story, but I’d like to post it just the same. In light of recent events in Boston and the media and public response, I feel that it applies to the aftermath.
A Cherokee Legend
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 and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
There is another version of this story here. Cherokee Legend.
I very deliberately try not to be political on most occasions, but in the past year a number of tragic events have occurred and what I often see is the first response of offers of support and comfort. This I love. This is the part of human nature that is most beautiful and amazing. Yet in the aftermath, what I see most (and maybe it’s only that these are the active voices at the moment) is a lot of speech which is violent and terrifying in its nature. Anger begets anger.
I am not judging or criticizing. I would not take away an individual’s right to have these feelings or to express them. I only hope that people are being careful with how they express their feelings. We cannot make another person be/do/think/feel what we want, but our words and actions do affect others.
I would not propose to tell you what to do, but rather I would pose the question, “Which wolf will you feed?”
My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of this tragic situation, and I hope for a swift resolution to answer the many questions that it has brought about. I also hope that the world can move forward without doing any further harm.