The Wolf and The Sheep

This is an Armenian fairy tale told by George Gurdjieff to some of his pupils.

“Once there lived a wolf who slaughtered a great many sheep and reduced many people to tears. At length, I do not know why, he suddenly felt qualms of conscience and begun to repent his life; so he decided to reform and to slaughter no more sheep. In order to do this seriously he went to a priest and asked him to hold a thanksgiving service.
“The priest began the service and the wolf stood weeping and praying in the church. The service was long. The wolf had slaughtered many of the priests sheep, therefore the priest prayed earnestly that the wolf would indeed reform. Suddenly the wolf looked through a window and saw that sheep were being driven home. He began to fidget but the priest went on and on without end.
“At last the wolf could contain himself no longer and he shouted: ‘Finish it priest! Or all the sheep will be driven home and I shall be left without super!

“This is a very good fairy tale because it describes man very well. He is ready to sacrifice everything, but after all todays dinner is a different matter.
“A man always wishes to begin with something big. But this is impossible; there can be no choice, we must begin with the things of today.”

What does one associate with these words? The sacrifice must be today, because tomorrow may never come.

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4 responses to “The Wolf and The Sheep

  1. The only reality is the eternal moment of the present.

  2. As usual, Mr. G. has great insight into human nature.

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