A Native American Cherokee Story – Two Wolves

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

– ego:

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)


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