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