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An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life . . .
'A fight is going on inside me,' he said to the boy. 'It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, 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.'
Margaret Atwood on The Blind Assassin
The novelist sits down with CBC interviewer, Evan Soloman:
By my age and stage you’re going to know a couple of things, and if you don’t know those things, where have you been all your life?
The essays Atwood talks about in this interview were published as Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing (2002). It was part of a series of lectures Atwood gave at the University of Cambridge in 2000.
The fifteen minute interview took place in 2000. I am indebted to Shawn Ewald for pointing me to this video.