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In 1971, Bruce Lee Said:

…I have not invented a “new style,” composite, modified or otherwise that is set within distinct form as apart from “this” method or “that” method. On the contrary, I hope to free my followers from clinging to styles, patterns, or molds. Remember that Jeet Kune Do is merely a name used, a mirror in which to see “ourselves”. . . Jeet Kune Do is not an organized institution that one can be a member of. Either you understand or you don’t…

…There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple…

…There is nothing artificial about it. I always believe that the easy way is the right way. Jeet Kune-Do is simply the direct expression of one’s feelings with the minimum of movements and energy…

…Again let me remind you Jeet Kune Do is just a name used, a boat to get one across, and once across it is to be discarded and not to be carried on one’s back…

Read it again.

Think about the words.

When you have finished reading this article, reread Master Lee’s words above and think about them again.

When Bruce Lee discovered Jeet Kune Do, he took moves from many different martial arts, from Karate to French fencing and everything in between.

Why is this important?

Inbreeding is bad.

Biology teaches us this.  It is a fact of nature, in order to survive in the wild, bloodlines need diversity to survive. So in Master Lee’s words, nature only survives through Jeet Kune Do.

Big Business discovered this a long time ago, creating diversity organizations like the Chamber of Commerce. Organizations like these allow big business to use to amplify their voice through lobbyists and commercials, funded, not through one business alone, but through many together.  This is financial diversity.

Where am I going with this?

To me, single issue activism isolates people and makes ideas stale by inbreeding in an echo chamber.  That is why single issue activism movements are ignored by the general public and don’t get broad public support.

Turns out, others share my opinions.

North Carolina NAACP Leader Reverend William Barber II and others formed the Moral Monday Movement.  It’s multi-issue activism that is so popular, it’s events see somewhere north of 70,000 people attending.  It addresses voter suppression, gun laws, healthcare, and tax issues.  It has started to spread across the country.

Everyone can do this everywhere.

For example, abortion rights activists, poverty activists, education reformers, women’s rights activists, rape victims advocates, minority activists and the elderly can get together and address issues together, using their collective voice and collective cash to bring more attention to all of these causes at once.

However, don’t hire lobbyists to influence reform, this will only allow government to continue inbreeding.  Activists would be better off spending on educating voters directly.  Voters who can elect candidates into office that support the broad based activism’s causes and start reform.  It won’t happen overnight, but I believe it’s completely realistic.

So if you’re an activist, the message is real simple…

Either continue to isolate your cause and run the risk of inbred failure (assuming your cause isn’t already there), Or start practicing Jeet Kune Do and diversify your movement by allying with other activist causes to amply everyone’s message.

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