The Two Wolves – A Fable of Inner Conflict

Two wolves fighting - Sue Demetriou Photography

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

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


Photography by Sue Demetriou


  1. notesalongthepath says:

    Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. Janej Ebem says:

    What an invaluable lesson! Thanks for posting.

  3. Someone was mentioning this story to me the other day when we were running. I like it :-)

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