Saturday, November 23, 2013
Two Wolves inside the Soul of America
A Cherokee Legend
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about leadership. "A fight is going on inside the leadership of this country" he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One Wolf has a hard heart - 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, me, and inside every other person, even our President".
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."
When we ask ourselves if our President brings out the best in our spirit, that inate goodness that exists in the heart of all Americans or if he seeks out those weaknesses and emotions that divide us, we have to wonder, Do we have a President that in his heart of hearts really believes in the goodness and wisdom of the average American, or if he acknowledges it and then uses that good nature against us.
Which wolf have we been feeding?