I think the biggest problem we face in trying to come up with the one true, core definition of what a Dude is and what Dudeism represents is in trying to keep it simple and concise, YET... understandable and not easy to misinterpret.
To say: "Abide. That is all..." does not cover it. Abide isn't actually a word with a whole lots of facets to it, in spite of what stock we may place in it and how much meaning we cram inside (like the multi-inflective "Dude").
On the first page of my (admittedly rather old dictionary) is a word, described thusly:
abide / v. (past & p.p abode or abided) tolerate; arch. remain, continue. abide by act upon, remain faithful to.
It doesn't say as much as "take it easy", "don't be uptight in mind or body", "keep your mind open and limber" or othersuch simple phrases.
I mean, Meekon, you could come up with an abide haiku which would tell people at least something from the outside
Oh, sorry, what's that on the floor... are those... hints?
No, but, seriously... the task in hand here is to create a core set of very short, very meaningful principals by which we identify ourselves. Once we have that down to a tee, in whatever form, we can kind of wrap it up and say "this is Dudeism" and the rest is all talking, philosophy and waffle
There must be a balance between too concise to have meaning and too long to be waffle. Which is why I'm hoping someone else can do this, as my brevity gland was surgically removed at birth
So, let me highlight my next idea:
Our core principal the 1st:Abide
To take it easy, not being uptight of mind or body.
To remain limber and supple of thinking, open like a book, not closed like a door.
To tolerate and respect others, to greet with a smile and embrace with a laugh.
I mean, that's a first draft of my own design, but how can that be improved upon with either firming up the message of simplifying it without watering it down?
And then, after abide, what else do we hold closest, or do people think that can sum us up so completely?
Best philosophising caps on, people