A Native American grandfather talking to his young grandson tells the boy he has two wolves inside of him struggling with each other. The first is the wolf of peace, love and kindness. The other wolf is fear, greed and hatred. Which wolf will win, grandfather? asks the young boy. Whichever one I feed, is the reply.
I came across the above, a short and often told story along with an illustration from artist Charles Frizzell, on the Facebook page called Hippie Peace Freaks. So simply put, it speaks of the dual natures that reside in each of us, that polarity that I often try to capture in my work. Our actions and choices form who we are and, hopefully, we opt to feed our peaceful wolves.
Here’s a video featuring the music of the great early bluesman Robert Johnson that also illustrates the point in a slightly different manner. In Me and the Devil Blues, his inner demon, his bad wolf, has taken a place beside him at all times.