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An old Cherokee story

June 11th, 2009

The Cherokee Indians, as is the case with all native people, use insightful stories to convey meaning and seek understanding of people and their behavior.  One such story that the elders tell their children is about fighting wolves.  They say that inside every person are two wolves constantly fighting.  One of these wolves is an evil character who is angry, jealous, lazy, impatient, self-centered, egotistical, negative, irresponsible and unforgiving.  The other wolf is loving, kind, generous, humble, caring, enterprising, positive and responsible.   Typically, a child when told about this will ask “which wolf wins?”  To which question the elder will answer “which ever one you feed.” Read more…