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Black and White Wolves: An Indian-American Folktale

Updated: Sep 10

An old Cherokee was teaching his grandson about life. "I have two wolves fighting inside me,” he said to the boy. “The black wolf represents anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, pride, and ego.” "The white one is peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. ” The grandson thought about it and asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”


But the story did not end here. The old Cherokee went on to say, “If you feed them right, they both win.” “You see, if I feed only the white wolf, the black one will hide around every corner waiting for me to become distracted or weak and jump to get the attention he craves. He will always be angry and will always fight the white wolf.” “But if I acknowledge him, he will live in peace with the white wolf and we all win." “Feed them both and there will be no more internal struggle for your attention. And when there is no battle inside, you can listen to the voices of deeper knowledge that will guide you in choosing what is right in every circumstance.”



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