The agnostic philosophy of Bruce Lee

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Bruce Lee was one of the greatest martial artists who ever lived. He was also a great philosopher. He didn’t believe anyone should be indoctrinated to a specific style of fighting. Treating a specific style as gospel caused crystallization of the mind, making change difficult. One needs to be flexible and have the ability to adapt. There is no one perfect fighting style. The best fighter is master of many styles and has the skill to apply the right methods as situations present themselves.

It’s wise to take the same approach to philosophy and religion as Bruce Lee took to fighting. No one should believe in the divinity of any religious doctrine, but understand that each religion, as each philosophy, has something to teach. Life is difficult as we must constantly make decisions on how to act, what to say and what to do. Our decisions and actions have direct consequences on our quality of life. There is no single philosophy that applies effectively to every situation. In order to make the best of our lives, we should be knowledgeable of much guidance that the dead and the living have graciously provided. We also need to possess the skill to apply the right wisdom as situations present themselves. We need to keep our minds free of crystallization and be adaptable in a dynamic world.

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.” -- Bruce Lee (1940-1973)

-James Kirk Wall

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