An Old Chief 's Lesson For His Son

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There is a Cherokee parable about an old chief’s lesson for his grandson. “I fight is going on inside of me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is Evil – he is inferiority, superiority and false pride. The other is good – he is benevolence and faith. This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old chief simply replied, “The one you feed.” Hidden in this parable is the notion of Human Dignity and why it is what it is and, more importantly, why there is a theistic meaning, if not a religious or belief-filled lifestyle one, behind it. To explain this allegory, the definition of Human Dignity should be explained. Dignity alone is the quality/state of being worthy or honored. Human Dignity as a whole is best described by Dr. Larry Goodwin as absolute respect for one another, in which “Dignity on this basic level cannot be earned or forfeited; it cannot be added to or subtracted from” (2). Each individual is due this absolute respect merely because they are identified as human. Taking a further step in understanding why Human Dignity is unalienable, the idea of why humans stand apart with this inviolable worth should be looked at. The reason why is this; Humans are the only ones who have a sense of right and wrong. In other words, the battle between the two wolves. Having a sense of right and wrong is

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