The Simple Truth of the Conscious

A cousin of mine sent me an email. I wanted to share it with you, dear reader, because this affects all of us. It is true to every human being and organism that has a conscious. This is the email my cousin sent:

I’m sending this because there is so much truth in this.


A Jewish Legend…

(1) An old Jewish man 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 Jewish man simply replied, “The one you feed.”

This applies to everyone, not just the Jews.

I also have two wolves fighting within me. What the author of this tail forgets to mention is that the evil wolf and the good wolf are identical. The evil wolf is also cunning, for he sometimes tricks you into believing he is the good wolf, and you accidentally feed him. When I end up feeding the evil wolf instead of the good wolf, I end up regretting how the battle went;  I regret decisions or actions that I did or didn’t take. We all have those moments where you wished that you took the time to do something that is now important, but didn’t seem so important at the time. An example of this is having an internship before you decide which career you would like. This leads people to hate their job because they didn’t know what they were getting into or what the job actually was. When the evil wolf is winning, you feel absolutely terrible.

The good wolf allows you to be noticed and appreciated for the amazing things you do and qualities you have. When the good wolf wins, you feel amazing. You are so happy that you feel like the sun; the happiness feels like it’s radiating off of you. The world seems perfect, even if you know that it’s not, but it still feels like it is.

Most people don’t feel super happy often because of how cunning and strong the evil wolf is; most of the time, the battle is not being won. Most of the time it is like World War I: no one ever seems to make headway; the two wolves are at a stalemate. We have to try to make sure that the good wolf is winning his/her battle in order to have a good life.

This blog helps me feed the good wolf. Although it sometimes gives crumbs to the evil wolf, the good wolf is the one that is winning the battle inside me. I hope this blog helps your good wolf too.

If you have your own interpretation, we would all love to hear about it in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “The Simple Truth of the Conscious

  1. A beautiful representation of the battle between Goodness and evil. There is another difference between the two wolves in addition to what you said, Elia: the evil wolf comes even when you don’t want him to; the Good Wolf, however, would only accept food if you give it willingly because you recognize his face. Another difference lies in that when the evil wolf is fed, it gets stronger–as might the good–but when the evil wolf is rejected in favor of the good wolf, it weakens. The good wolf, however, is never weakened: only neglected and overshadowed by the evil wolf when the latter is fed too often. At that point, it takes a great amount of feeding the Good Wolf for the battle to turn in your favor.

    Thank you for that story: there is much wisdom to be gained from it! I like the way you put your interpretation: very true. Keep feeding your good wolf, Elia!


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