Yeah, we get fan boys and girls here, and then we get the real serious Taoist corner trying to claim some Dudeist territory as well...And proud we are of all of them.
You may find a bit of or a lot of either here at any time. Like most discussion boards we run in cycles...but it's all good dude if you just abide and not let whatever is running it's course bother you.
Me?....I'll be 66 in July and mostly hang out in the "Fuck It" corner of Dudeism....Life goes on dude...can't be worried about that shit.
For me we are at our best when the Ironic or Fun of Dudeism is incorporated into the strict philosophical views. One in the same.
Slightly related: Lately I've been tripping slightly on the whole "slacker" thing.
Modern cultural instances of it being so rampant.
I mean on a basic level the most quoted poem in the english language.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
And in terms of modern cultural references the "Fuck it" creedo is not the only place we see it.
I also find it difficult to ignore the similarity to black stereotypes from the Jim Crow south and minstrel shows. Stepin Fetchit? In the context of baby boomer whites it's difficult to see it as anything but a feeling of disenfranchisement just like blacks had in the south.
Stepin Fetchit (May 30, 1902 ? November 19, 1985) was the stage name of American comedian and film actor Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry.
Perry parlayed the Fetchit persona into a successful film career, eventually becoming a millionaire, the first black actor in history to do so. He was also the first black actor to receive a screen credit.
Perry's typical film persona and stage name have long been controversial, and seen as illustrative of negative stereotypes of African-Americans. Seen through a modern lens, Perry's "laziest man in the world" character can be "painfully racist" but also "subversive".
Whenever we have an election I'm reminded of wisdom that somebody gave me some time or other.
Never argue with a drunk, and idiot, or a crazy person.
I swear it feels like in order to do that in this day and age the only course left is "fuck it".
It's all symptomatic of a feeling of disenfranchisement. The existentialists had various names for it.
"La Nausea" -Jean Paul Sartre
"Absurdity" -Albert Camus (see the The Myth of Sisyphus)
"Fear and Trembling" - Soren Kierkegaard
Both refer to feelings of ennui and meaninglessness.
This stuff comes up over and over and over when you go deep in the world of the Dude and the entire slacker ethos.