I am teaching practical ethics with the children and youth workers this term. One of the questions we ask is what kind of person do I want to be? I heard this quote during a film I watched last night.
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between 2 ‘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.”
It is easy to slip into negative ways of thinking about something or someone. The internal battle we all live in is about choices we make when life is tough and when it is easy. Virtue ethics is about who I am, the character I am and want to be, who will I feed and what will I feed it? The basis of our salvation is the free grace of God, how we continue to work out that salvation is our turn, the expression of our character is a part of that When we have choices and temptations this week, who will we feed?