I’ve been debating about if and how to respond to the article that appeared in the Virginian-Pilot yesterday. It was disappointing, to say the least. Interacting with the reporter and then seeing how the story turned out made me reflect on three things.

First: It’s not simply me under fire these days, it’s the Navy SEAL community as a whole.

Second: The sooner Naval Special Warfare recognizes this and develops protocols for dealing with it effectively, the better off the active and veteran communities will be.

Third, I thought about the incredible weekend I had with my children. I took them to see the movie “Tomorrowland” (I highly recommend it). Seeing the movie reminded me of an old Native American story of the two wolves that live inside us.

A Tale of Two Wolves

One evening, an elderly
Cherokee brave told his
grandson about a battle that
goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is
between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is evil. It is anger,
envy, jealousy, sorrow,
regret, greed, arrogance,
self-pity, guilt, resentment,
inferiority, lies, false pride,
superiority, and ego.

“The other is good.
It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity,
humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity,
truth, compassion, and faith.”

The grandson thought about
this for a minute and then asked
his grandfather: