Obviously, I am some kind of addict that needs an intervention. My break from blogging lasted a whole 2 days.
But there’s just so much buffoonery in our midst that to let it go unchecked, well… it simply feels un-American for me to do so.
Plus, it’s all about the kids. I mean that’s where I retreated. And while I had a score of “This is your life” type emails from folks telling me about how much they enjoy my blog or were sad that I had been driven into the cave of despair by campus bozos or how I had spoken to them in a way that caused them to spit coffee through their nose while laughing or made them want to punch their computer screen in rage, all in all it boiled down to me recognizing my own truth about why I do this through a piece of literature that I just brought into my own classroom yesterday.
It’s called THE TWO WOLVES… and if you are not familiar with it, please read on. (Though it might be one of the shortest pieces I bring into class, it also might be one of the deepest.)
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all 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.”
And so my blog will now make sure to try and feed the wolf which makes the most sense to nourish. It’s a good lesson for all of us, no?