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28. The Dude and Integrity

Dudeism and Integrity
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I got thinking about the Dude and integrity.  There's something real about the Dude.  You're not going to get skanked or jipped by them.
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The Dude's character comes from something deep.  It has a compassion and honesty about it, and there's little sense of a self-ego trip going on.
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You can have your wealth and your education.  You can have your manners and complicated speech, but it doesn't mean anything.  It's a lie.  The Dude's integrity is the same despite what he or she might earn.  The Dude is coming from a different place.
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Look at the above image.  "I sit here for weed and beer".
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And no doubt there are people giving this guy some disrespect, as well as those that are admiring the honesty and giving him a euro or two.  It's not a "hey mister, have you 50 pence for a cup of tea" when you know it's going to go towards fags and the like.  I never cared what they spent it on.  If I gave them a fiver, I'd say have a beer on me.
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We can think integrity is about good manners, well-meaning, suit-wearing, clean-shaven appearances.
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But the Dude is the Dude.  These things don't matter.  In fact, if they are about effort, then the Dude knows it doesn't go.  A Dude's good manners come from a simplistic honesty and compassion.  His or her suit isn't trying to create a false façade.
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The Dude isn't morally corrupt.  Preferring to sit on the sidewalk for a simple beer or some weed.  Showing the busy world there's another way.  It kinda stands out doesn't it?  Like an oasis in a desert.  A lone purveyor of taking it easy.  A reminder to all us over-achieving sinners that we can step back, be with life, and need less.
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Yep.
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This affects all of us, man.
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Until next time.
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The Reverend Thomo

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