The One You Feed

“A fight is going on inside me,” said an old man to his son. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf 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.”

The son thought about it for a minute and then asked, “Which wolf will win?”

The old man replied simply, “The one you feed.”

— by Wendy Mass, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

————————————————————————————–pack, winter

I came across a book which made me appreciate wolves. It’s “Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. It’s easily among the best books I have and will ever come across. It’s about making choices, looking beyond the box, being appreciative of who and where you are, genuinely loving oneself so as to genuinely love another.Women Who Run With the Wolves cover

I came across an interview with Sting. I like it that he likes Mahatma Gandhi. I like it that he puts his optimism into his songs. He just used different words but I see that he’s actually putting across what the excerpt above says.

I came across a theologian who said that the beauty of the Bible lies in the fact that there is a God who one day will redeem humanity [has redeemed humanity]—that this is the fate of humanity—, and not in the fact that the end is punishment/destruction and death, despite the mess we find ourselves in right now.

Another book that’s among the top of my list is “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. It’s a short read and it has the feel of a documentary-for-life. It’s about survival in the midst of the most dire straits. It speaks for humanity.

I like it that both books that I mentioned were written by psychiatrists who are not just “clinical” but are real flesh-and-blood humans with beating hearts. I like both Sting and the Mahatma, very much. I like the message of hope that I choose to listen to from the Bible, and that’s why I like the Bible, too.

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