10. The Dude's Vibe vs Your Opinion?
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"That's just your opinion man" is a great Dude-jitsu defense, and a famous quote from The Big Lebowski movie.
But what about the Dude's opinion, man?
Well, the Dude sees his ideas as a bunch of thoughts that have gathered together in the chaise longue of time, and have yawned and stretched their lazy-arsed way into a particular world view that doesn't really stack up to much.
And the Dude also knows that world views can be affected by lots of different shit that's come to light, and well, you know, as the Reverend Humphrey Bogart said, that doesn't "amount to a hill of beans".
Humphrey's a good name isn't it?
The Dominion of Opinion
The Dude knows that opinions don't count for much. They aren't worth wasting your life on, so, what are they actually worth? Some folks, particularly those that are full of tension, easily bent-out-of-shape, probably haven't had a shag for a while, and certainly haven't been passing around the sacred spliff of mellowness, they would go to war over a particular view.
But the Dude knows that life is more important. From a haze of bliss, she would pass the pipe of peace and say "you're probably right their dude, you're probably right," while then admiring the funny shape of her toes, or how your eyebrows need a little trim here and there.
Knowing that views are subject to change, and that there ain't no point arguing the bollocks over something you'll think differently about in a few years, what the hell, sure, yeah, if it means that much to you, I freakin love the idea of "I should be so lucky" becoming the national anthem of Australia.
"Bow to the Minogue. Respect where it's due man."
And a few beers later, you realise what shit you were both talking.
Less Talking and More Toking
So, the Dude won't be killing others in the name of his country. She won't be screaming her voice in the name of peace. The Dude has seen through the weakness of thought, and noticed instead, the endless presence of peace through which thoughts come and go.
And that my brothers and sisters of life means we can let go of a whole stack of crap, and not care about any hills of beans, or what thoughts have got to say. And I feel quite chipper about that. But that's an opinion isn't it? Sure as hell it is.
And when you are like that, when you know that having thoughts is part of life, that opinions are going to happen but we don't need to listen to their blathering, well, you are likely to attract other peaceful siblings into your Dude-hood who share your vibe, are ready to jive and want to smoke from the chillum of life.
And for the record, I'm not suggesting that you need to smoke anything to be a Dude. That's not the case here. And I personally like the occasional herbal elixir but I also know it's not just about Mary J, but about medicinal herbs too. But if you haven't grasped it yet, being a Dude is about how you are, and doesn't rely on what you do.
The Reverend Thomo