What Would Bruce Lee Have Thought of Twitter?

What would Bruce Lee have thought about Twitter?  I bet he would have loved it, and I’ll tell you why.

I recently picked up a copy of Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee.  While I enjoyed reading it, I must say it’s one of the strangest books ever!  Honestly, to say that Bruce Lee wrote this book is a bit of an exaggeration.  While he did write almost all of the words, it was really the result of one of his students sifting through and organizing massive piles of notes left behind by Bruce before his untimely death.  Here’s a small quote from the forward to the book:

 “Some of the material within the volumes was written in a single setting and had the natural progression of a well-outlined conversation.  Other areas were sudden inspirations and incomplete ideas that were quickly scribbled as they entered Bruce’s head.  These were scattered throughout the work.

Much of the book consists of nearly disconnected thoughts that stand on their own in the text and are then followed by other barely connected thoughts.  While Bruce’s student put great effort to make a logical grouping of these ideas you can tell these started as stand-alone thoughts.  Here are just a few examples of the gems that sit by themselves in the text:

  • Do not run away; let go.  Do not seek, for it will come when least expected.
  • Give up thinking as though not giving it up.  Observe techniques as though not observing
  • There is no fixed teaching.  All I can provide is an appropriate medicine for a particular technique.
  • To attack, you must study the adversary’s weaknesses and strengths and take advantage of the former while avoiding the latter
  • When you are completely aware, there is no space for a conception, a scheme, “the opponent and I;” there is complete abandonment

Now go look at those again.  It is as if you’re seeing Bruce Lee’s Twitter stream – transported forward in time and preserved so we can all follow him.  I am 100% convinced that if Bruce were alive today he’d be on Twitter and would have millions of followers.  It’s easy to imagine him typing these insights into his iPhone’s Twitter client instead of jotting them into paper notebooks.  He could have shared them with the world instantly. I think he would have loved Twitter, and would probably have blogged too!

What do you think?

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