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To summarize even more Dudeism is good as it is and I'm cool with that.
And anyway, one of the main beefs that people, including me, and several other prominent Dudes I know of, is that TBL is not only an exclusionary focus for women and non-caucasians, but to non-Americans.
We all knew when we signed up that we were becoming members of the slowest growing "religion" in the world. Why should there be an issue now?
keeping the 3 tenets in mind (which i visualize as a braid of sorts, like the celtic imagery you [Andrea] mentioned),
Anyway, when I think about being a Dude I think of a bamboo tree, it flexes up to a certain point but then goes straight again, and if you are the one who bent it you risk a smash on your face, much like a world of pain. Isn't it inneresting?
Don't know much about Seven Samurai's characters, I've seen it but around 30 years ago but I find pretty dude Kung Fu Panda. He abides and reach his goal, that's what a dude does, I think.
You're welcome Rev. Ed. Two nuts in a pack, you mean like testicles?
Rev Ed, as for the balance thing you know you're right, even if sometimes it's easier said than done, at least for me. I'm not able yet to abide as well as I'd wish, but that means there is room for improvement.
Busmum, far out. As for the abiding thing I agree with you, it's a special trait of special people be it done with a smile on the face, like the Dude, or more seriously, like many fellows human beings. Actually I think that abiding and going on is what makes a hero, a real hero, people who even if they have been hit by storms more than once in their life don't use it as an excuse to be a nihilist but go on with their life as well as they can. These for me are real heroes, and they don't need a pair of testicles; actually I know some women who are really heroes in this sense.
And as you say listening to other ways of seeing Dudeism or different experiences is extremely interesting and one of the beautiful things of having a worldwide religion. You and Rev. Ed are 100% right when you say that around the world Dudeism, TBL and a bunch of other things are seen differently or from others points of view. That's why imho one of the things we should do, as the dudely llama did in one of his articles, I don't remember when, is to make clear that TBL is a movie and Dudeism is a religion, sometimes they mix and sometimes they don't. But if somewhere someone discards Dudeism because it's based on an American movie character, well, we can't accommodate everyone in our private residence, sad but true. There will always be people like Woo.
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