The Beast We Keep Within

An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, "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 does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times." He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is 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 cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger,for his anger will change nothing.

Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for 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 smiled and quietly said, "The one I feed.
Chakory Chakory
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5 Responses May 4, 2012

I know I'm really late on this, but great story (Or quote, or whatever it should be called). I've read it once before but it wasn't the whole thing. Very nice.

yeah my granddad used to tel me tis when i got mad at my brothers or sisters or friends

wel its not realy a story or tale but something that everybody used to know but humans forgot the rules of the wild and the world but i like it and i know alot of people on EP would like it so i posted it

That's nice

cool... :D

its an old native american story and i like it alote