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No Frame of Reference #5

Section: No Frame of Reference  | Date: December 12th, 2008

No Frame of Reference — Musings from the Arch Dudeship

lennon and yoko peace in bed By Rev. Dwayne Eutsey

It’s a rainy day here at St. Da Fino’s. But as our compeers in John Lennonism have observed, "When it rains and shines, it’s just a state of mind."

Raaaaaain, shiiiiiiine, it don’t matter to the Arch Dudeship.

In fact, a day like today is a great opportunity to kick back, take er easy here on the holy sofa, and contemplate the eternal verities of our sacred Source, The Big Lebowski.

For me, one of the most stupefying mysteries in this Coen koan is the enigmatic friendship between Walter and the Dude. Just what force in the universe could’ve brought this volatile Vietnam veteran, who had friends that died facedown in the muck, together with a burned-out SDS radical once arrested with six other guys for protesting the war?

war museum in saigon Each of us is like a little child who wanders into the middle of a movie here, so we’ll probably never know. And that’s cool. While the movie is our answer for everything, I guess we find it so dang inneresting because it doesn’t answer questions — it just points out life’s inexplicable dichotomies.

I think that partly explains the Dude’s friendship with Walter. The relationship between what appears to be contradicting opposites is how the human comedy keeps perpetuatin’ itself somehow. Without death, you could have no life. Without downs, you could have no ups. Without Kahlua, you could have no Caucasians. And without Walter, you could have no Dude.

dudeism-patch As our Dudeist symbol so aptly illustrates, there’s this whole yin yang thing goin’ on, an ever-rolling ball of "seemingly opposing forces…bound together, intertwined, and interdependent…giving rise to each other in turn."

In the parlance of Chinese philosophy, the Dude’s yin therefore defines Walter’s yang, and vice versa — keepin’ the whole round robin world in balance. Without the Dude’s pacificism, Walter’s impulsive aggression could sway him toward the extreme tenets of National Socialism. Without Walter’s pragmatism, the Dude could have the darkness of nihilism warsh over him.

Hasn’t that ever occurred to you, man? To abide, we have to accept that we tumble around inside this ball of opposites that constantly defines who we are and who we aren’t. Just sit back and just roll with it all toward the strikes and gutters of our lives. Before you know it, buddhist thanka depicting the life cycleyou’re looping back around and rolling with it all over again.

That’s just basic Dudeist cosmology there, Dudes. Donnie dies but a little Lebowski comes along to balance it off. Ups, downs…life, death. Sometimes you eat the bear, and well…

Think about it — it’s like Lennon said, "Nothing is real." That may sound nihilistic, but if nothing is real, then its opposite must be true: something is real too. Right? I mean, it’s only in nothingness that somethingness can exist, after all — and, it’s only through somethingness that, uh, we can know there’s nothingness. They’re really, you know, just aspects of one reality. That is, you can’t, you know, tune in, but it’s a lot more uh, complex…I mean it’s not just, it might not be just such a simple, uh — you know?

Ah. Fuck it, Dudes. The sun’s coming out and Billy PrestonI’m going bowling. All this philosophizing’s making my thinking too uptight.

I guess I could’ve just wrapped it all up in the metaphysical parlance of neo-Prestonism: "Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. You gotta have something, if you wanna be with me."

Beyond that, Dudes, fugghedaboutit. Life’s too short, man, and it’s your roll.


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6 Responses to “No Frame of Reference #5”

  1. chalupa on December 12th, 2008 8:29 pm

    Man, you’re lucky. I’m farther north where all that rain turned to ice. Wish I could go bowling today but everybody’s out of power.

  2. The Dudely Lama on December 13th, 2008 2:51 am

    yeah. it’s been getting down to ten degrees at night here in northern thailand.

    ten degrees celsius. brrrr. i even have to wear long pants at night.

    sorry, that sounds smug. i feel for you guys. i just really hate wearing long pants.

  3. chalupa on December 13th, 2008 2:58 am

    I feel your pain Dudely. I used to wear the shorts year-round in college. I personal rule was I should probably put on the long pants to go outside if it dropped below 20F.

  4. Irish Monk on December 13th, 2008 9:32 am

    I, on the other hand, do not feel your pain, Dudely. It’s -30C here with the windchill. +10 sounds like paradise.
    Excellent article, Rev Dwayne. That had not occurred to us. I always just assumed that the Dude accepted Walter for who he was because it was in his character. Kind of like how he he’d gladly go to Marty’s what-have-you even though he had bigger things to worry about. You’ve given me something to ponder

  5. Timmy Dude on December 14th, 2008 2:48 pm

    Yeah man, it’s been a bit chilly down here where I come from, with a banjo on uh, my, uh, lost my train of thought. The whole Walter/Dude relationship thing is seen everywhere you go. Opposites attract, whether it’s with a special lady friend, bowling buddy, spouse, even in the workplace, certain people become friends while others wonder, “WTF’s up with them? They have nothing in common”. Maybe that’s the attraction, the fact they have nothing in common. But even Walter’s inner Dude came out a couple of times, (“Fuck it Dude, let’s go bowling”) so maybe The Dude was trying to save Walter from a life of un-Dudeness by living the example for him to follow, and having an effect. Now what in Dude’s name am I blathering about? I’m going to finish my coffee, enjoy my coffee.
    Good article Rev Dwayne.

  6. The Arch Dudeship on December 15th, 2008 10:13 am

    The weather ain’t bad in these here parts, but the Arch Dudeship’s fighting a cold. Fucking cold bug…that creep can roll, man.

    Much obliged for the feedback…

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