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... Dudeism isn't about spilling so much ink (pixels?) to TALK about a belief system and how to evangelize the rest of the world, and find meeting places. Shoosh, I seen that fail a few times before. Here we are, once again, the "haves" and the "have-nots", cause we're supposedly so enlightened. Religion is un-dude.It's LIVIN' it that makes you a dude. Hence the word "abiding". If yer a livin' example of it, people will be attracted to you and ask questions. Abiding will spread on its own. "Grass roots" I think they call it where I come from. Otherwise, them folks lookin' at all this chatterin' from the outside will tend to tell you to shut the fuck up, 'cause yer just makin' noise....
...hmmm, should I be peelin' the Dudeist fish sticker off my rear window, or is low-key marketing still dudeable? Not that I'm a mere follower, mind you, but it does make leading by example more caricaturable...
Maybe Abideism is to Dudeism what Zen Buddhism is to Buddhism? The pure experience of Dudeness without the vehicles? I was reading a transcript of an excellent audiobook called "Religions of the Axial Age" by Mark Muesse, and the part on Buddhism is especially interesting. I was reminded just how much Buddhism evolved from a method of liberation towards a metaphysical doctrine. Luckily Zen hung out in the shadows and followed Buddhism from India to China, Japan, and then the West, providing an offramp from the increasingly chaotic and crowded freeway of thinking too much. Of course, Zen became saddled with its own rules and ritual too. Anyway, my point is, maybe Abideism could be a hermetic sect of Dudeism, a far more serious one which protects the peaceful, unironic core of Dudeism. Just a thought.
Maybe Abideism is to Dudeism what Zen Buddhism is to Buddhism? The pure experience of Dudeness without the vehicles?
Is it then essentialism? It seems to me that Dudeism needs The Dude lest it wander into the mysts of ... ummm ... not human things?
At the risk of being not a golfer, and given that it's almost a year that I don't wander into the forum so I've lost a bit of the conversations, what's the point about Abideism and Dudeism? That is, are we splitting hairs here?If I've understood it right Dudeism is based on its three pillars and Abiding is one of the three.
Dudeism as a religion isn't based on The Big Lebowski so there is no need to detach from the movie, if the term is correct.
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