“Truth” or Reality ?

This is a discussion of psychological, subjective beliefs and ideological assertions.  The realm of scientific and objectively falsifiable theories and physical “laws” is a different domain of discussion altogether.  Scientific theories and their multiplicity of interpretations and applications are as liable to subjective and emotional errors and projections as much as any other discourse in the public domain.

There are different interpretations, different little-“t” truths. It is when people mistake their little-“t”, subjective and contingent truth for big-“T”, objective and necessary Truth that the trouble really starts. Big-“T” Truths (and particularly in the generally amorphous cacophony of shared or consensus reality) are really only just opinions or interpretations writ large.  By virtue of the insecurities and uncertainties of those who hold them, these opinions and interpretations of reality become (somewhat defensively) enshrined in Grand Opinions and Systems of Belief.

Bruce Lee is interesting because, among other things, he saw the ways people bury the creative essence of a good idea in repetition and blind formality. In the end it is not even about martial arts – it is about human psychology and our inability to let go of things, our constant emotional and intellectual investment in transient ideas and things. To see things as they really are we perhaps need to see ourselves first, even if that means unravelling the tangles and knots which have accumulated and been sedimented over time and through which we have attributed a tangible and objective external reality to what are really just our inner beliefs and opinions.

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Bruce Lee: keeping it real.

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