I was in a conversation last night where we were talking about an odd external perception of our group as “radical” and extreme. One of the core people was saying she doesn’t think we are really like that (it’s not one of those “hip to be symbolically-faux-radical” whitekid things).
And we were talking about how all this group is doing is coming from a space of telling the truths about that few want to be told — just not compromising on that.
Weird, how threatening that can be. To us, that’s not “radical” or extreme, it’s just being normal humans collectively trying to respond to a deep societal problem. But your quote suggests the source of the hostility to that practice of not compromising on the truth — used correctly, truth is dangerous to this thing that relies for its existence on illusion.
Great quote & even better movie!!!
Byg, you may appreciate this: when Enter the Dragon came out, Bruce Lee had died a month or so before the premiere. They edited out the more “philosophical” content (like this quote) according to his widow. For the 25th anniversary edition, they put it back in. I guess this was too much truth for certain audiences to receive.
I didn’t know they took out a bunch of his lines. One of my favorite pieces of advice from Enter the Dragon that I have written down as a reminder to myself:
“never take your eyes off your opponent, even when you bow”
Interesting! I need to add this to my DVD collection. I miss the days of the 80’s when Kung Fu movies came on for hours on Saturdays nights. Those were the simple days & before cable TV.