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, despair, distrust, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, selfishness, arrogance, ignorance, sloth, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, hypocrisy, superiority, demonic disposition and ego.
“The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, forbearance, fortitude, purity, kindness, knowledge, wisdom, benevolence, empathy, generosity, selflessness, truth, compassion, divine nature, faith and fearlessness.”
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.”
A constant fight is going on, on the battlefield of our minds, between the good and the evil, between the positive and the negative, between the moral and the immoral, etc. To overcome the evil and the negative in us, we need to develop and strengthen the good and the positive in us. It is a long, continuous struggle on the path of spiritual evolution. Perfection can’t be attained in just a single life span. It is an evolution, not a revolution.
The evils of the past are the steps whereupon man rises into virtue, so that even in the lowest criminal we see the promise of divinity. He, too, shall rise where the saint is standing and in all the children of men God shall at last be seen. Therefore, every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
“Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect”.
– Gospel of Mathew, Ch.5: v. 48