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Rev. Ed C

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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #75 on: August 19, 2011, 10:39:42 AM »
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I've always had this idea that the core of Dudeism is a loose adherence to a very general ideal and that as soon as it begins to become codified it loses it's identity and it's strength and begins to become uptight.
The more formal the idea of Abiding becomes the harder it becomes to Abide IMHO.
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yeah-- i'm on board with this idea  ;D

A graet trueism, BikerDude, count me also onboard in the haziness :)
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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #76 on: August 19, 2011, 11:25:09 AM »
BikerDude & revgms-

I concur, gents. Thank ye both.
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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #77 on: August 19, 2011, 12:47:32 PM »
Ok, I am also down with that dudes...so I guess that means we are going bowling instead?? 8)
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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #78 on: August 19, 2011, 01:34:02 PM »
All very sound, very Dudely points (and abidingly put); no,  not looking to codify although on re-reading some of my posts I may have given the impression that's what I was suggesting. Just kicking the shit-ball around for inspiration. Yes, I believe that the best way "forward' in the spirit of what I take to be Rev. Ed's initial intent is a  lessening/editing of the current Dudeist imagery to encourage would-be Dudes/Abidists to pull up a rug. Our (Dudeist) frame of reference, from Eds original post, is perhaps what is turning people off. Now, personally, I couldn't give a tinker's cuss about derision - it is not an issue for me (I came to Dudeism via a link sent to me by someone who thought it was funny - a gas; so did I. I had seen the film, years before and liked it - although the memory was hazy, but joined anyway - I  am not much of a joiner - before revisiting the film). So, I don't care if people laugh at the movement. I am also in favour of the organic way of evolution, in principal; have said on other posts that Dudes will find us when they are ready to find us. I couldn't care less about numbers, either - if there were only 20 of us I think it would still be fun. However, I am bothered about the impression given by the imagery of Dudeism being a single, white, males' hedonist/slacker club. I am perturbed, somewhat, by the fact that Ed reported that the imagery we utilize is still turning people off. I don't like that.

This is the main issue - I think the abidism album-sleeve is a cool (and Dudely) answer to the problem. We'd still sound the same  on the turntable. This 'answer' - if accepted - will create something of a vacuum, frame of reference-wise and there is another problem. I like the tree-imagery but, fuck it - I guess that's not important, right now. What is important, IMO, is that we acknowledge that there is an issue with the imagery. Thjat we are mis-representing ourselves and so excluding some righteous, cool fuckers from joining-in the fun.

So far, it seems that there is a slight acceptance that the Dude Vinci is a stumbling block but most Dudes want to keep it. Can we, perhaps, put the abidism issue on the back-burner, for awhile and maybe focus on the imagery question. I feel we are going around in circles (or maybe it's just me) and while I love circles - I tend to get dizzy pretty quickly.

I don't think there is an abcense of Dudeliness in these responses (far from it, every one is being very Dude); now we know that nothing in essence is going to change but I feel we must address the issue a little more pro-actively than just saying 'que sera -' or 'what would the Dude do?'. The Dude, IMO, wouldn't do anything because he wouldn't be in a club like this. If we are coming across, to potential Dudes, as sexist, 'slacker', hedonist what-have-yous (because of the imagery)then what - if anything - should we do about it? How should we go about it? I have already given my secific response: retire the imagery from official use and start coming up with some new designs. No one will be shunned for wearing a Dude Vince (or what have you) - but some new designs may help.

Perhaps, Rev Ed - you have some ideas on this - I feel we are at something of an impasse if we agree that there is an issue with the imagery but want to keep it anyway - don't know where to go from here, man. We got any ideas, shall we just say "fuck it"?


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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #79 on: August 19, 2011, 02:01:42 PM »
The simplest answer seems to be Fuck It! But not in the sense that we should do nothing. If the imagery is turning people off then that's their problem, not the images. I think the current images provide the ability for dudes to get the dude word out. It also helps to feed the monkey, as it were, since they have to generate even a tiny amount of revenue. If anyone has ideas for new imagery though that doesn't mean it should not be created. The old imagery doesn't have to be discarded to create new imagery either. If a dudes got an idea throw it on up. I love the lebowski imagery, but I am not opposed to loving dudeist imagery that is not soo off-putting to others.
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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #80 on: August 19, 2011, 02:02:46 PM »
Well, I'm afraid my best thinking cap won't fit at the moment as i seem to have been struck with a large headache this evening, so I'll give just a few points that conrern me from the website.

The website is our flaship, its where we're always directing people to start their kinship with us, but I think it needs a little work.  The problem might be, I think, that much like the Forum and the Dudespaper, Olly runs them all but doesn't have the time to upkeep them as much as they might need to be.

Examples:

I log onto the main page of Dudeism.com, and what do I see at the top of my browser?
"Dudeism - Ordination by the religion of The Big Lebowski"
What does that say?  Are selling ourselves based on giving out ordinations for free, or that we're a religion based on a movie?

Luckily, if you click on "What is Dudeism?" it breaks down our wider view without mentioning Lebowski at all, and covers the gender issue of the term dude, so good plus point.  We possibly need to re-tailor a lot more of the site around this great formula.

Likewise, the Dudespaper is labelled at the top of the screen as being Lebowski lifestyle.  Surely something like a dudely lifestyle is more what we're about than being Lebwoski?  It's all in the images the words conjour up.  When you read it, what does it say to you?  When you ask a friend to read it, what does it say to them?  I know being on the inside gives me a much deeper insight than my other half has when she sees things like that (which puts her off, as someone who doesn't really identify with The Dude at all).

I guess it was her questioning of the supposed Lebowski-inspired philosophy that first inspired me to write articles.  It was certainly her question "can I be a Dude, even if I'm employed as an accountant?" question that caused me directly to start writing my article "Dudeciples & the Pan-Dudian Nation" about working not being against what it means to be a dude and how we all fit into society as dudes and how important it is to spread our dudeliness through all levels of society.

Anyway... I realise I'm rambling, and this headache is getting worse, so I'll leave that one little issue to snowball into bigger debate, for now.  I'm sure you all get the idea I'm very weakly trying to put across :P

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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #81 on: August 19, 2011, 02:07:50 PM »
I agree that some of the wording could be changed to better reflect the over-all message of the site, and dudeism in general and how the Powerful mentioning of Lebowski might allow people to confuse a sincere idea as satire. But at the same time I know what dudeism means to me, and it will always be something special regardless of the heading atop the website.
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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #82 on: August 19, 2011, 02:16:28 PM »
Cakes is right dudes...right here...on this forum...what we say and do here...is how everyone who comes to lurk will define what Dudeism is all about.
TBL and Lebowskist draw their attention...once interested to find out more they...like the rest of us...will end up at dudeism.com which is the filter...if they sign up, they will eventually make their way here to this forum. What we say and do Here is what Dudeism will be all about. And that will change as the makeup of this forum changes.
Dudeism will change as dudes come and go. It will grow organically just as we do.
If you wish to make a difference in Dudeism...this is where you do it.

I find what Meekon5 has posted on the thread very interesting. 8)


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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #83 on: August 19, 2011, 05:26:06 PM »
All good words concerning Dudeism. What we have here could be considered some beginnings of Dudeist philosophical exploration; a lotta ins, a lotta outs, and a lot of good thoughts coming from a basic exploration of potential tenures of Dudeism called "that's just like our opinion, man" or as a lazy man would say it; "TJLOOM."

I would also call it "food for thought of Dudeist enlightenment" coming from the Dudeism group mind. Emphasis on "group mind" because no one single dude has it all figured out, and we need the input from all dudes to keep our minds limber.

So I was thinking that perhaps an epistle could be written over time (with input from all) called "This is Just Like Our Opinion, Man" Emphasis on "opinion" in order to keep Dudeism open and fluid, not rigid or authoritarian.

The title and first verse first verses could begin something perhaps like this..............

Explorations of Opinions of the Dudeist Group Mind

1. Greetings all dudes. Peace and slacking be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of the tenets of Dudeist thinking, a limber mind and the exploration of truth-seeking.
2. Let us not forget that all opinions of all dudes, be they simple or sublime, are welcome and that there should be no "final word" as to what Dudeist thinking is established as. It should continue to grow and evolve.
3. Dudeism will gain strength if it refrains from being rigid or even "complete." Let there be an open door to all who seek to add to the common opinions and theory of Dudeism and Dudeist thought.
4. Etc. ......

The model here is like "open source software" where the community of Dudeism thinkers and philosophers add components to the body of epistles being developed. This body of epistles could be developed through an "Open Dudeism Consortium" organized to manage all incoming Dudeism thinking and contributions and then posted online for all to read, critique and offer other opinions.

We don't need a "fucking park ranger" here, just a relaxed and mellow organization developed to make it easy for all dudes worldwide to contribute to the pool of Dudeist thinking. As thoughts come in, they would be organized into ever growing and developing Dudeism epistles that would fit the subject matter offered.

Perhaps an epistle would be called "Taking It Easy," or another titled "Thoughts on Abiding," or something like "Your Special Lady Friend; The Dudeist Wedding," Etc.

All IMHO.
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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #84 on: August 19, 2011, 05:34:51 PM »
I like that idea very much dude. I can't wait to see what more people have to say on the topic. I like the idea that no one has all the info, but collectively everyone has all the answers. Some cosmic stuff dude. I hope there are many volumes in our future.
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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #85 on: August 19, 2011, 05:41:51 PM »
I like that idea very much dude. I can't wait to see what more people have to say on the topic. I like the idea that no one has all the info, but collectively everyone has all the answers. Some cosmic stuff dude. I hope there are many volumes in our future.

Thanks, man. I just added a couple more thoughts to my post.

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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #86 on: August 19, 2011, 08:14:08 PM »
wow. great ruminations fellas.

it is indeed my intention to move dudeism away from the lebowskian iconography at some point. i forgot that the web page says "the religion of lebowski" and the dudespaper says "the lebowski lifestyle." to be honest, that was purely for SEO reasons - to draw more traffic to the site. but it always felt like a sell-out and thanks to ed's prodding i will proceed to change it.

i'm curious as to what people might think of the idea of having various "sects" of dudeism. one thing i've long wanted to do is delve into the spiritual aspects of improvisational music. as a guitarist i thought it would be fun to start a sect of dudeism called "guitarism" but i don't know if people would think that would seem "franchizey" - which would make this whole thing look like a giant scheme of some sort. however, if people thought it might work (if done right) we could have guitarism and abideism and other isms as more specialized forms of dudeism. abideism might be a more "pure" form of dudeism, something akin to the way zen is a more pure form of buddhism (IMHO). and guitarism might be just for musicians or music aficionados.

i'm just concerned that adding subdivisions might muddy the message. it might be a hard thing to finesse without sabotaging the integrity of dudeism.  i'm already planning to start a purely academic institute for dudeist studies called "abide university." maybe that's enough of a spin off to bring in those who don't especially dig the lebowskian stuff.

what say you, esteemed compeers?
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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #87 on: August 19, 2011, 08:42:45 PM »
I like the idea of a dudeist university, like naropa in Colorado for the buddhists. I don't know about the sects. In my veiw it's all dudeism, there's no need to give the same thing multiple names.but that's just like my opinion man.
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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #88 on: August 19, 2011, 11:30:20 PM »
It looks like we are heading into some sort of a consensus that there are basically 3 philosophies going on here at pretty much the same time. Lebowskism...Dudeism...Abideism...and we pretty much have champions of each. (well...maybe not so much for Lebowskism? Any Lebowskist still here?) (BTW....I often jump from one to the other depending on the post and my mood.)

What we seem to be looking for is someway to express all 3 on the same forum without any one of them dominating the others, or turning away proponents of one of the other.
That could be a little tricky.


...another thought...articles on The Dudespaper are another way Dudeism is defined, I just have a problem with the "Comments" part of the Dudespaper. Is there anyway to link the comments to the forum? Spending most of my time here, I am rather lax in perusing both the articles and the comments regularly.
Maybe every time there is a new article on the dudespaper...a new topic can be created under the Dudespaper board heading. That way everyone on the forum will be able to read and comment if they wish. That would also serve to get more dudes to read the articles.
Just a thought.


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Re: Moving Dudeism Forwards
« Reply #89 on: August 20, 2011, 01:53:53 AM »

i'm just concerned that adding subdivisions might muddy the message. it might be a hard thing to finesse without sabotaging the integrity of dudeism.  i'm already planning to start a purely academic institute for dudeist studies called "abide university." maybe that's enough of a spin off to bring in those who don't especially dig the lebowskian stuff.

I agree that have "sects" might muddy the message. I think most people here would consider themselves to be a sect of one.
Different people lean in various ways & certains symbols resonate more strongly with some than with others.

One thing, you already have The Dude University on The D/paper, why not call the Abiding section just that ... Abiding? Or something non-academic sounding as befits the nature of Abiding?
& have a "musician-space" instead of just guitarism?
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