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5. Who, or What, Controls the Dude?

Updated: Jan 16

Control, or the lack of it, is a big issue for many people, but not the Dude. Here's why...

The more responsibility and power a person thinks that they have, the less comfortable they are with a lack of control, especially over others.

"For governments, the Dude is a tricky character to control."

Controlling the Dude

The Dude is a person who confuses those who are in control.

It's not easy to see what floats the Dude's boat, and therefore it's not clear for people to know what such a person wants.

How can you bargain with someone who needs nothing?

What can you take away from someone who has very little to take?

For governments, the Dude is a tricky character to control.  Take for example the many Chinese governments throughout history who have tried to control Daoists, even going as far as to demolish as many of their temples as possible.  

A Daoist was often seen as impulsive and spontaneous, which is a little difficult for someone else to manipulate.  Certain types of Daoists were regarded as people who influenced the public in such seemingly impulsive ways.  Even if those Daoists kept to themselves in caves, they were a challenge to societal norms. They were governed by a different order, a natural law, which doesn't quite fit mankind's laws.

This naturally leads people to question what such a person needs.

"The Dude is coming from a place of Silence where all his or her needs are met by chance."

Why is the Dude so Different?

As we have seen, the Dude is largely untroubled by things that can bend everyone else out of shape. 

He may appear rather aimless. 

She might seem disinterested. 


Well, because the Dude does not rely on outer circumstances for his or her strength.

The Dude isn't driven by status or success, or any self-centred objectives. The Dude is coming from a place of Silence where all his or her needs are met by chance. 

In the same way that nature provides home for a bird, or fertile ground for the tree, the Dude knows that to follow the natural way is to remain in balance, and when we are in harmony with nature we see that we are also sustained by it.

When we take only enough we need little.

When we need little, we are free from many of the ties that bind society.

And when we are unbound, we are difficult to control... the Dude is mostly composed and unflappable. 

It is the Dude's calm demeanour that shows uptight, tense, over-reactionaries, a different way of living.  But it is often a way that they do not understand.  And although he or she is least likely to need governing, people will still try to do it. They want to feel safe around things that they can't understand.


In the next blog post, we will be looking at the Dude and how his natural sense of peace gives him (or her) a deep integrity and courage.

Love and hugs to my fellow Dudeist priests and those interested in Dudeism.

Rev. Thomo.


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