Friday, December 10, 2010

the way of the can

This post will be updated multiple times as I explain the curious philosophy of Cornelius Bacon. Known as The Way of the Can (a.k.a. twotc), it is a school of thinking that Professor Bacon acquired through his years of research in eastern culture. Unlike japanese styles (i.e., karate, aikido, hapkido, kendo, sumo, etc) or chinese schools (wushu, etc.), twotc is a fusion of the asian styles, culminating in the "becoming one" with a man-made environment. All martial arts embrace the forces of nature. Twotc takes it a step further by encompassing the creations and refuse generated by industrial society. What better venue to study the art of twotc than a landfill? Bacon found great inspiration in the founder of Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee. Adjust the a few words in his timeless quote and you have the doctrine of The Way of the Can: Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like garbage. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless—like garbage. Now you put litter in a soup can, it becomes the soup can; You put trash into a dumpster it becomes the dumpster; You put it in a landfill it becomes the dump. Now garbage can compost or it can stink. Be garbage, my friend.”
(Cornelius Bacon, with apologies to Mr. Lee)

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