Microbadge - Dudeist

Creator
Lajos
Japan
Hachiouji
Tokyo
flag msg tools
designer
mb
Name Dudeist
Group Ideas Dudeist
Num Owners 32
Purchase this Microbadge
Description

Dudeism is a religion whose primary objective is to promote a philosophy and lifestyle consistent with the original form of Chinese Taoism, outlined in Tao and Laozi (6th century B.C.), blended with Greek concepts by Epicurus (341-270 B.C.), and personified by the modern day character "The Dude" (Jeff Bridges) in the Coen Brothers' 1998 film The Big Lebowski. Founded in 2005 by Oliver Benjamin, a journalist based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Dudeism's official organizational name is The Church of the Latter-Day Dude. As of February 2011 over 100,000 "Dudeist Priests" had been ordained via the church.

Although Dudeism primarily makes use of iconography and narrative from The Big Lebowski, adherents believe that the Dudeist worldview has existed since the beginnings of civilization, primarily to correct societal tendencies towards aggression and excess. They list individuals such as Lao Tzu, Epicurus, Heraclitus, The Buddha, and the pre-ecclesiastical Jesus Christ as examples of ancient Dudeist prophets. More recent antecedents include pillars of American Transcendentalism such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman and humanists such as Kurt Vonnegut and Mark Twain.

The Dudeist belief system is essentially a modernized form of Taoism purged of all of its metaphysical and medical doctrines. Dudeism advocates and encourages the practice of "going with the flow" and "taking it easy" in the face of life's difficulties, believing that this is the only way to live in harmony with our inner nature and the challenges of interacting with other people. It also aims to assuage feelings of inadequacy that arise in societies which place a heavy emphasis on achievement and personal fortune. Consequently, simple everyday pleasures like bathing, bowling, and hanging out with friends are seen as far preferable to the accumulation of wealth and the spending of money as a means to achieve happiness and spiritual fulfillment.

Source: Wikipedia, "Dudeism", available under the CC-BY-SA License.

All Related Badges

Name Owners Show
Dudeist 32 [Show Owners]
Related Owners (32)
Sort: Recent | User
  Pg. 1  
Andy Boatman
United States
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
flag msg tools
mbmbmb
Chas Hartman
United States
Lexington
Kentucky
flag msg tools
mb
Ægir Æxx
Iceland
Reykjavik
Gullbringusysla
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Michael Moskop
United States
Chicago
Illinois
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Nameless Necromancer
United States
Lexington
Kentucky
flag msg tools
designer
"In the Red Army it takes a brave man not be a hero." - J.V. Stalin
mbmbmbmbmb
Chris Ward
United States
Yellow Springs
OH
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
David G. Cox Esq.
Australia
Port Macquarie
NSW
flag msg tools
Do what you can, with what you've got, where you are.
mbmbmbmbmb
George Kinney
United States
Bellefontaine
Ohio
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
United States
Santa Cruz
California
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Philip Johnson
United States
Boonville
Indiana
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Jared Olson
United States
Houston
Texas
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Joel Beebe
United States
East Montpelier
Vermont
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Serious? Lee
United States
Coppell
Texas
flag msg tools
Lost in thought.
mbmbmbmbmb
Mr. Green
United States
Ft. Collins
Colorado
flag msg tools
When green is all there is to be, it could make you wonder why. But why wonder? I'm green, and it'll do fine: it's beautiful, and I think it's what I want to be.
mbmbmbmbmb
Todd Blunderbuss

Pennsylvania
msg tools
John Longden
Canada
London
Ontario
flag msg tools
mb
Chapel
United States
Round Rock
Texas
flag msg tools
Exit...pursued by a bear.
mb
Peter Struijf
Netherlands
Zoetermeer
flag msg tools
designer
publisher
mbmbmbmbmb
Dan Scott
Canada
Port Perry
Ontario
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Raimund Bubelis
Canada
Welland
Ontario
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Rod Wiberg
United States
Plainfield
Illinois
flag msg tools
mbmbmb
Reddy Kilowatt
United States
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
Steal yo
badge
ur face
mbmbmbmbmb
Doug ...

Oregon
msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Tim Riley
United Kingdom
Seahaven
East Sussex
flag msg tools
The late great Maurice Dodd & Dennis Collins creators of The Perishers
badge
Ole Boot - A sheepdog or a cursed English milor' depending on your viewpoint
mbmbmbmbmb
Joseph Cardarelli
United States
Tucson
Arizona
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Stephen Glasstetter
United States
Exton
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
It's just a ride...
England
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Richard Rowe
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
flag msg tools
whoa
mbmbmbmbmb
tara king
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
So it goes.
United States
Shillington
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
Fuck it...lets go bowling.
badge
"You wouldn't worry half as much about what other people thought of you if you realized how rarely they actually did."
mbmbmbmbmb
Big Lebowski
Germany
Unspecified
Unspecified
flag msg tools
The Dude abides!
badge
yeah? well… y’know, that’s just like, uh… your opinion, man…
mbmbmbmbmb
Carlo Rosso
Italy
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.