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Lodal letter: Evil vs. good

At this point in our nation’s history, I think it might be prudent to revisit a very wise Native American legend. This one stuck with me when I first heard it and right now seems an excellent time to share it. I offer this with no agenda other than to provide some food for thought for all of you.

A Cherokee elder was teaching his grandson about life. He said there was a terrible fight going on inside him between two wolves. One is evil — he is anger, resentment, greed and ego. The other is good — he is love, hope, kindness and humility. He said, “This same fight is going on inside you and inside all of us right now.” The youngster sat and thought about this for a moment as he implicitly trusted the wisdom of his grandfather. After a minute of pondering this, he asked the elder, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

We have some clear choices to make about how we see our neighbors and how we behave during these difficult times. Maybe this story will help you choose your path forward.

John Lodal, Boise

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