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With all the anxiety and posturing going on around the Syrian situation, I feel as though I’m seeing a lot of political hypocrisy out there. It just seems to me there are a lot of people who are all too eager to make this about petty American politics. As if it would be raining puppy dogs and peace envoys in Syria right now, if only their guy had won.
Yeah, nearly all of us think any military response in Syria would be a misstep for our nation, a huge mistake for Obama, and just another thing on the long list of stuff we should not do. But can anyone honestly tell me that it would be so different had Romney won? Would we not be rattling our sword? C’mon, the guy was ready to invade Iran the day he got into office, you think he would not have already put boots on the ground in Syria by now? I think he would have, you’d be hard pressed to convince me otherwise.
Sure there is some political component to this, I’d argue that between the two we’ve gotten the option of greater restraint, even if that restraint is not great enough. Yeah sure, a Ron Paul or Ralph Nader response would probably be quite a big contrast to the current state of affairs. But in regards to Romney, I think not so much, in fact I would wager he would be responding in a much more aggressive way than Obama is, but we’ll never know.
Either way this should be more about policy and less about partisanship, this is where we should be finding our common ground, where peace loving progressives and peace loving conservatives can stand, together, for something more noble than politicking. We can prove we are not the two dimensional creatures that we’re so often portrayed to be by our media, we can stand together for something greater.
Well, that’s like, my opinion, what’s your’s?
The old saying “as Maine goes, so goes the nation” may be put to the test over the next couple of years when it comes to legalizing marijuana. The state is primed to be one of the next states to legalize the popular recreational and medicinal drug cannabis. This past November Colorado and Washington states passed voter referendums to legalize cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol. Maine is in the running to be among the first states to pass a similar law through House legislation.
Representative Diane Russel announced that she would be submitting a bill to the Maine House of Representatives this session to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. She is still working on the final language for her bill, however she is currently collecting signatures for a petition to back her upcoming proposed legislation. Russel even brought her case to reddit, discussing legalization with the cool kids at /r/trees.
Historically a “pot friendly” state, Maine already has some of the most permissive medical marijuana laws and the highest threshold for the amount that is decriminalized, up to 2.5 ounces. Which makes sense with its libertarian and progressive mix of politics and lifestyle, as is evidenced by it also being one of the first states to legalize gay marriage. Maybe it is those hard winters that make Maine a place where self reliance and community are not seen as mutually exclusive ideals, Mainers help their neighbors, but don’t tell them how to live their lives. These and other factors add up to make Maine one of the most peaceful states in the nation, as ranked by the United States peace Index.
May limber minds prevail, and let Maine show the nation the way life should be.
Dudeism is new to the the tournament of ideas, the vast array of world views and religions, but already it is becoming a worthy opponent. Among the din of hyperbole and conflict that dominate our discourse, Dudeism offers a gentler approach. Not that Dudeists are always quiet and willing to let aggression stand, but that the metric of what deserves to be called out as a travesty is much different than that of the “religions” many of us are used to.
The belief systems that dominate the landscape are all vying for your attention, if not your obedience, we Dudeists are content to, for the most part, let things be. With an “if it aint broke, don’t fix it” attitude Dudeism offers a moderate stance compared to its compeer “religions”. Dudeism doesn’t want you to do anything in particular, in fact Dudeism encourages maybe doing less. Hell, Dudeism doesn’t even necessarily want you to become a Dudeist. In a world with so many demands on the individual Dudeism stands apart by not demanding, offering is our gig, not taking.
While there are things that are intolerable in this world, Dudeism finds most of the so called sins from other beliefs to be essentially non issues. Take for instance, the gay marriage debate that rages across this planet. Dudeism is blind to gender roles when it comes to sharing in Zesty affairs. Short of violence and cases of power plays (eight year olds dude), Dudeism has no reason or purpose to tell some one who to love.
Gender identity is also not the kind of shit we are willing to let bother us, in Dudeism there is no distinction between the sexes, all are Dude. We have been accused of being phallocentric in the past, an almost understandable charge given that we use the nomenclature “Dude”, to many an identifier of gender. Then there is this sausagefest vibe that the casual observer gets, but upon closer scrutiny one can see we sre almost obsessive about equanimity. Dudeism does not judge based on who or what you are, but rather on what and how you do what you do.
Dudeism also has no threats or promises of reward or punishment in some afterlife scenario. People are under enough pressure here and now, adding vague threats about admittance to some mystical league game, that may or may not even exist, seems to just confuse the threads of our existence. Like Buddha once said, whether or not gods do or don’t exist, they seem to have no effect on our reality. In Dudeism we only want to be the dudes in our time and place. If there is an after game, and we do get more frames when we leave this life, the Dude would still be the Dude, being who you are, when you are, where you are seems to be the most prudent and least exhausting plan of action. If you feel you need the outside pressure of a meta-physical judge, maybe Dudeism is not right for you.
That does not imply an anything goes situation, there is the undude out there, actions and understandings that would be be contrary to Dudeist ideals. Stealing from poor innocent, young urban achievers would certainly fall into the undude catagory. But if you are looking for a distinct list of Dude commandments, you will be disappointed. Abiding is the order of the day for Dudeists, not blind adherence to uptight ideas of right and wrong. Keeping his mind limber the Dude follows the threads to discern the chill from the unchill.
The Tao never does anything,
yet through it all things are done.
If powerful men and women
could venter themselves in it,
the whole world would be transformed
by itself, in its natural rhythms.
People would be content
with their simple, everyday lives,
in harmony, and free of desire.
When there is no desire,
all things are at peace.
Yes, we are lazy, lazy like a summer afternoon, lazy like the birds singing and the sun casting shadows. The Dudeist understanding of lazy is different than that of the capitalist over achiever’s definition of lazy. We rest in abiding, not in the pursuit of amassing wealth in an attempt to be “rich”. The Dude is rich, life itself is the greatest treasure, how can we not feel rich if we can still be and feel? In practical terms as long as the Dude can afford his rent then nothing is fucked here. Not that wealth in and of itself is a bad thing, sure the Dude would be fine moving into a higher tax bracket, but not at the cost of the riches he already enjoys from abiding. Drawing from the ancient wisdom of the Tao, the Dudeist does not concern himself with the doing of things, and so he can leave nothing undone.
If you identify with any of this, or if you find it intriguing, why not stop by Dudeism’s home page today, take a gander at what we are blathering about. Think we are full of shit? Feel free to say so in the comment section below, I would be more than happy to engage you in some Dude-natured debate.