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Dudeism is a philosophy and lifestyle inspired by the modern-day fictional character Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, as portrayed by Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers' 1998 film The Big Lebowski. Dudeism's stated primary objective is to promote a modern form of Chinese Taoism, outlined in Tao Te Ching and Laozi (6th century BC), blended with concepts by the Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BC), and presented in a style as personified by the character of "The Dude". Dudeism has sometimes been regarded as a mock religion, though its founder and many adherents regard it seriously.
The Stranger controls without authority, And teaches without cuss words; He lets all things take ‘er easy, Watches the semifinals, but does not interfere, Drinks sarsaparilla without demanding, And takes comfort where he can.
Drawing a line in the sand, It does not split hairs, It throws out a ringer for a ringer, There is no literal connection, Down through the ages, across the ash-cans of time.
Not living in the past, but forgetting what day it is, and abiding at the finals; In this way, Dudeness perpetuates itself.
The 1st Annual Lebowski Fest (Officially titled the "1st Annual Big Lebowski What-Have-You Fest" if you're not into the whole brevity thing) was held on October 12th, 2002 at Fellowship Lanes in Louisville, Kentucky.
An earlier, some claim first, incarnation of Lebowski Fest occurred in Bowling Green, Kentucky in February 2000. It was organized by film theory professor Dr. Ted Hovet and involved advertisements of the Dude saying the Bowling Alley really ties the campus together (it was in danger of closing).