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.”
– arrogance: su kieu ngao
– self-pity: su than van
– resentment: su cam thu, su oan gian
– inferiority: tu ti (mac cam)
– superiority: the belief that you are better than other people : su kieu ngao
– serenity: calm tram lang [more serene; most serene] : calm and peaceful
– benevolence: [more benevolent; most benevolent] 1 : kind and generous
– empathy: the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions (thong cam)
– compassion: a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc. (day long trac an)