The "Is the Dude an Introvert?" thread got me thinking quite a bit about Dudeism's significance, not just as a philosophy, but in a broader social context. Now I'm wondering if there might be a correlation between those who embrace a Dudeist lifestyle and those who exhibit Type-B personality traits. Allow me to explain...
Very generally speaking, there are two categorical umbrellas under which most people's personalities fit; Type-A personalities are characterized by ambition, organization, competitive drive, controlling or manipulative behavior, social climbing, and "workaholism."
These are the folks who traditionally call the shots in Western society, rising to the top of the business world, and ESPECIALLY in politics. Unfortunately, all that fussing over work, social status, and "keeping up with the Joneses" means that Type-A's are at greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and other stress-related health problems.
Type-B personalities, on the other hand, are characterized by an easy-going, laid-back approach to life. Type-B's don't care for confrontation at all; they'd rather get what they want through friendship, sharing, and cooperation than a never-ending race to the top.
They see life, not as a race or a competition, but as a fun-filled, mysterious journey shared by all humankind, wherein the destination means far less than the exciting experiences picked up along the way. If his or her neighbor has a nicer car or a bigger house, this is far less likely to trouble a Type-B, who doesn't see possessions as any indicator of human worth.
Type-B's try to live by their own rules as often as possible, but as their letter implies, they usually end up playing second-fiddle to Type-A's in matters of business, industry, statecraft, and public policy. It's not that Type-B's are apathetic, or can't be dynamic leaders - even remarkably persuasive and successful ones. It's just that they often see little or no incentive in playing societal games (in which the decks have already been heavily stacked to favor Type-A behaviors), since involvement often means stress, and stress is emotional Kryptonite to the Type-B.
So, I guess what I'm blathering about boils down to this; since society basically rolls on a Type-A lane, how do we, as Dudeists, help reshape society to be more amenable to Type-B behavior, while avoiding the pitfalls of Type-A hierarchical frameworks, which can either assimilate and corrupt us over time, or crush our fragile and idealistic spirits?