Wednesday, March 3, 2010

“This country is a blessing for the world” - Donald Sutherland

During the wrap-up at the end of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, CTV's Ben Mulroney interviewed Donald Sutherland at some point and asked whether these Olympics were perhaps as big as Expo '67 or other landmark Canadian events.

Sutherland said it was bigger. And, in his own inimitable way, he went on to deliver the parable of two wolves that has been floating around the internet for a while, which goes something like this:

An old Cherokee chief was telling his grandsons what life would be like for them...

There is a  fight going on inside me, he said.
It is a fight between two wolves and it never stops.
One wolf is evil - he is anger, sorrow, regret,
jealousy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, self-doubt, false pride, and ego.
The other wolf is peace,
joy, kindness, faith, hope, serenity,  sympathy, generosity, truth, humility, compassion, and love.
The same fight goes on inside everyone.

One of the grandsons then asked of the grandpa,
"Which wolf wins?"

The old chief simply replied,
"The one you feed."

Then Sutherland went on to say, "the wolf that we feed in this country is the wolf of generosity and kindness".

"We have demonstrations but we don't say you're either with us or against us."

“This country is a blessing for the world”

Interestingly, there are several references to this interview around the internet and on Twitter, and buried in comments on blogs here and there. But, I am unable to find either the text, video or audio of the interview anywhere.

(I believe the photo is of Sutherland in his customary seat at Olympic Stadium, where he was a regular at Expos' games.)

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