Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not "Mr. Lebowski". You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.
You can say whatever you want, but I am absolutely convinced that The Big Lebowski is one of the masterpieces of modern cinema. Period. There are just so many great things about that movie that I wouldn't even know where to start.
And Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski is a role-model if there ever was one. There is so much wisdom in the way he lives that he has inspired scores of individuals over the years. This made way for an entire new religion, called "The Church of the Latter Day Dude". The teachings of The Dude are converted in a simple, easy to apply religion, based on Taoist and/or Buddhist principles, combined with a laid-back, laissez-faire attitude.
As said on the site:
The beauty of Dudeism is its simplicity. Once a religion gets too complex, everything can go wrong.
That’s why the “To What/From What/By What Means” method of identifying a religion is a great way to summarize the Dudeist ethos for your un-Dude friends.
For example, if you apply this method to Buddhism (a compeer of Dudeism), you can easily answer what the point of it is.
From what is Buddhism trying to liberate us? Suffering
To what state of being is Buddhism trying to bring us? Nirvana
By what means does Buddhism attempt do this? The Noble Eightfold Path.
Isn’t that fucking interesting, man? Now let’s apply it to Dudeism:
From what is Dudeism trying to liberate us? Thinking that’s too uptight.
To what state of being is Dudeism trying to bring us: Just taking it easy, man.
By what means does Dudeism attempt do this? Abiding.
Now, that’s fucking ingenious, if I understand it correctly.
The dude abides. Damn right so. Can I get an AMEN?