Geir Werner

Om å fóre den rette ulven

Geir Werner
Om å fóre den rette ulven

Dette er et utdrag fra Ethan Hawke’s Rules for a Knight, som er en samling fiksjonelle anekdoter og fortellinger fra 15-hundre tallet, mellom en knekt og hans bestefar som skal lære ham å bli en ridder:

One time, on a sweltering August night, Grandfather and I made camp down by the ocean. He said, “While I teach you about the ways of war, I want you to know that the real struggle is between the two wolves that live inside each of us.”

“Two wolves?” I asked, seated on an old log near the fire. My eyes were transfixed by the flames twisting uncomfortably in the night air.

“One wolf is evil,” he continued. “It is anger, envy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, deceit, false pride.” He paused, poking at the embers of our fire with a long stick he’d been carving.

“The other is good. It is joy, love, hope, serenity, humility, loving-kindness, forgiveness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith.”

I considered that for a minute, then tentatively asked, “Which wolf will win?”

Sparks danced towards the stars as the old man stared into the glare of the flames and replied, “Whichever one you feed.”

En påminnelse til meg selv om å fóre den riktige ulven. Den andre har så god tilgang på næring uansett...