The Dude is an extreme case, but he provides an ideal which can help you to bring a little more "Dude" into your life, without giving up on the rat race entirely. … I grew up in the 1980s, which was a very ambitious and materialistic time the era of the Yuppies. Even as a youth, I found it frightening and false. … The reason I embarked on a 10-year backpacking journey was so I could avoid being brainwashed by the machine of industry, and find the space and freedom to indulge my imagination .
Oliver Benjamin, as quoted in "The man who founded a religion based on The Big Lebowski" by Richard S. Ehrlich at CNN (August 2011; updated 20 March, 2013)