What, a son?

What does it mean to be a complete human being? The recent episode from Radiolab was very thought provoking. I began to think about all the roles that I play. A few events in the past few days occurring in a series have led to me think about my responsibilities. I’m fighting a battle every day and here’s an old tale to describe what I’m talking about:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – 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 – and inside every other person, too.”

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.”

Life is tricky and each step has to be thoughtful and intentional. I will build my repertoire of skills and virtues.

My mother is my core and my center. I hope my attempts to grow into a complete person will help me in this pursuit.

Podcast: https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/more-or-less-human/

(Audio) Book: 12 Rules For Life – Jordan B. Peterson

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Will I Lose My Sensibilities

I’m a little taken aback by how things are shaping up. So much is happening. People are clashing ideas at the speed of sound. Casualties all around. Why aren’t people just stopping and talking to each other. Will it become difficult to talk about things just because something can offend everyone? Will no one look at things objectively? Is there value in looking at things objectively?

A random chat

I spoke to this student at the school of public policy. I feel the students at the school of public policy have a good perspective toward the goings on of the world at large and are good audience to stimulating conversations about international relations. However I was sad to note the reaction of this student to the mention of a reporter from RT. While RT is funded in part of wholly by the Russian government so are most of the western media by different corporate interests as well, and my conversation pertained to the reporter not the organization. It’s the government tilting the public opinion in one part of the world versus capital interests trying the same in another part of the world. That realization was something that I had hoped was a given. However my mention of the reporter invoked a wholehearted laughter and reminded me of the wall street moguls who belittle unknown voices with an outwardly appearance of amusement. I didn’t push the conversation further because I realized what I assumed to be an underlying assumption was perhaps another conversation in itself.