Big Lebowski

I took my children bowling yesterday. The whole scene reminded me of the Big Lebowski (the cult favourite from 98 if you didn’t know). I could just see The Dude slacking it out on the the bowling alley with all those bowling alley types of people. The movie’s story line does not matter. What matters is the quote “The Dude abides”. In other words he obeys his mission in life to be a super-slacker somewhere in LA with his two pals. He smokes weed, drinks white Russians and bowls. What The Dude teaches us is passivity in the Taoist sense of the principle:  If you sit by the river long enough, you will see the body of your enemy floating past. It is passivity in the face of adversity (given a choice, make none), You’ve got to take it easy. Don’t do harm but protest harm being done to you (but not too vehemently). Our lives are easier knowing The Dude is out there doing (or not doing) his thing because we need souls like his. Ambition and responsibility makes you ugly – The Dude understands this. I’m now an ordained priest of the Church of the Latter Day Dude. I encourage you to join – there are over 300 000 of us worldwide. Here’s a piece from the Church of Dudeism website “The originator of Taoism, Lao Tzu, basically said “smoke ’em if you got ’em” and “mellow out, man” although he said this in ancient Chinese so something may have been lost in the translation”. And another: “The idea is this: Life is short and complicated and nobody knows what to do about it. So don’t do anything about it. Just take it easy, man. Stop worrying so much whether you’ll make it into the finals. Kick back with some friends and some oat soda and whether you roll strikes or gutters, do your best to be true to yourself and others – that is to say, abide.” And don’t think that “dude” excludes the female gender – you’re more than welcome!

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