Water part II

More watery insights, this time from Bruce Lee:

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.

Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it into a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

And an interesting piece of dialogue from Enter the Dragon:

Teacher (Shaolin Master-Mr. Lee’s Teacher): What is the highest technique you hope to achieve?
Student (Character-Mr. Lee): To have no technique.
Teacher: Very good. What are your thoughts when facing an opponent?
Student: There is no opponent.
Teacher: And, why is that?
Student: Because the word “I” does not exist.
Teacher: So..continue
Student: A good fight should be: Like a small play–but played seriously. A good martial artist does not become tense–but ready. Not thinking–yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expand–I contract. When he contracts–I expand. And when there is an opportunity..I do not hit..”it” hits all by itself.
Teacher: Now, you must remember. The enemy has only has images and illusions, behind which he hides his true motives. Destroy the image and you will break the enemy. The “it” that you refer to is a powerful weapon, easily misused by the martial artist who deserts his vows.


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