jesus of nazareth and bruce lee

I can’t think of two people more alike than those two. Jesus needs no introduction, but perhaps you’re wondering why I claim Jesus and Bruce are so similar. Bruce was an atheist, after all, and you may only know him as a martial arts star. Perhaps you know that he died in his early thirties, but that’s not the similarity I’m talking about here.

Perhaps you now think it’s outrageous of me to even talk about Jesus and Bruce Lee this way, let alone claim that they’re very much alike, but hear me out.

Bruce Lee grew up in Kowloon, China. His father was Chinese and his mother was half Chinese, half German, which led to Bruce being bullied, which in turn eventually led him to learn martial arts under Yip Man, who was trying to keep teenagers from fighting in the streets. However, when the other students learned of Bruce’s mixed ancestry, most of them refused to train with him. Most Chinese were strongly against teaching martial arts to non-Chinese.

Later Bruce moved to the United States where he, among other things, studied philosophy. He was very well-read and wrote poetry, too. He married a white woman, a scandal at the time, and taught martial arts to anyone regardless of their background, skin color, age or whatever. He had zero tolerance towards bullying and discrimination of any kind.

Wikipedia will tell you that Bruce Lee founded “Jeet Kune Do”, but he himself resented any labels. He used skills from whichever sport or style he saw fit, hence his most famous quote: “Be formless, be shapeless. Be like water, my friend.” He was of the opinion that as soon as people form different groups or schools of thought they start fighting about who’s “right” or “better”. He would be horrified to learn that people are still arguing about his status as a mixed martial artist, and who founded what and what’s the “correct” interpretation, or whatever.

I think Jesus and Bruce would’ve instantly liked each other. We have a lot to learn from both of them.