Anthony Vaughan

TWO WOLVES, by Anthony W. Vaughan

An old parable goes something like this: inside the heart of every man (and woman), there are two wolves. One is pure, and noble, and good. The other is corrupt, and selfish, and evil. These two wolves fight each other constantly for dominance, and for control of the heart in which they both live. Which one will eventually win?

The answer, of course, is whichever one the person feeds more.

This goes sort of hand-in-hand with another quote: he who desires to plant a garden, does not reserve a plot for weeds. [I think, but am not 100% certain, that this was from James Allen. If not, then I apologize to the estate of whomever it was for the unintentional misappropriation of credit].

One of the things I learned in Computer class in the 1990’s (yes, I’m old!) was a rule called GIGO. It means “Garbage In, Garbage Out”. Basically, if the code you input is faulty, then the results you get will also be faulty.

All three of these seemingly unrelated topics have one common moral: who you are as a person depends solely upon what you allow to be absorbed into your mind. Going back to the wolves, if you feed your mind a steady diet of trashy movies or television shows, gratuitously violent and socially irredeemable video games or music, and destructively toxic relationships with people who continuously drag you off the path of greatness and into the weeds of debauchery, then the corrupt wolf gets fed and grows stronger. If you continue feeding the evil one and neglecting the good one, then you cannot honestly expect your life to be filled with light and life and joy.

Aristotle said that excellence is not a choice, it is a habit. You are what you repeatedly do. What would an unbiased observer say about your life choices?

Anthony Vaughan #308-236
LeCI. P.O. Box 56
Lebanon Ohio 45036

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