To get angry or not to get?

There is a story that I have heard from a friend.

An old American Indian man talks to his grandson:

-There is a struggle between two spirits of wolves inside me. One of the wolves is bloodthirsty, wild, sneaky, selfish and vindictive. The other is gentle, calm, full of kindness and love.

The grandson looks at him perplexed.

-Do not be surprised, the old man says, the same struggle is taking place also in you. It exists in every human being.

The young man considers for a moment and then he asks:

-And which one is going to win at the end?

-The one that you will feed.

Maybe for some of us the meaning of this story is not new and maybe for others it is. But every time I read a good story, no matter how many times I have read it before, some gates open in my thinking. How many times do we recognise the voice that speaks inside us? How many times are our actions  the result of conscious dialogue with ourselves?

Purple Flower

When something bad happens to us, or better worded, when we perceive something that happens to us as a bad thing, we anger and resent, or run at some people that are partly engaged with the “trouble”. This is usual to all of us. Maybe it comes from our human origin nature. But we have a really powerful weapon against all these unpleasant feelings and instincts: our brain. It enables us to leave behind any harmful thought and feeling and realise the truth. It is then when we feel like we are awake from a bad dream and get back to the real world. Of course it happens to me several times, but not to so dramatic form as it seems to run. I think events are much more simple the time you meet them than the time you write about them. So, when I get angry with a situation, not at first, but after an hour, a day, a week, a month, etc., this thought will appear in my mind: Why am I so upset? Is this reason big enough to waste my valuable time onto the earth? And the answer is always no. And finally, we are so small and our problems are so tiny into the unlimited life that exists around and inside us.

The world known phrase of Albert Einstein is so real: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

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5 thoughts on “To get angry or not to get?

  1. amazing work. very interesting story, many cultures have something similar to their theories of existential issues, but i always fascinated of the Indians stories because they hide something eerie in them that makes them more multidimensional in their interpretation.

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