First of April. This is sometimes called “All Fools Day”. It is one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Its origin is uncertain. Some see it as a celebration of turn of the season, while others believe it stems from the adaptation of the new (Gregorian) calendar.
Despite all that, this is celebrated in most places around the world. Practices include sending someone on a fool’s errand, or playing pranks and hoaxes, trying to make him believe on something untrue. In other words, to make fun out of someone and/or something.
It was a Friday. I had a training that day wherein our speaker introduced to us a new program. Yes, a new workload. An additional responsibility. In my series of bizarre moments (uh-oh, it’s chronic) while looking at her presentations, I was imagining that at the end of the lecture, “LOL “would run down instead of “Thank you”. But it didn’t. Of course. No jesters. Only wise men, ha!
Meanwhile, I occasionally sneak on my phone for facebook. And, by occasionally means pretending to read my notes but actually scrolling the newsfeed. A friend posted a hoax. Unfortunately, many were trapped. April Fool’s Day punch lines.
But, this is not about pranks. Only. Knowingly or unknowingly, this fooling around is practiced all year round. Not just on April first. As I click on a link in my social media account, not-so-good news unraveled before me. Politics. Conflicts. Crimes. Election. Man is being fooled by fools of his own. He tends to speak about the truth behind lies, not the truth itself. Or, silence is preferred than telling the truth for fear of reprimand or reprove.
We are all guilty of that.
But, why are we fool enough to lie?
From a genius point of view, he says and I quote, ” Every day, man is making bigger and better fool-proof things, and every day, nature is making bigger and better fools. So far, I think nature is winning.”
So, it is nature. An evolution. The irony is that man is striving hard enough to seek the truth, only to speak the lies. Man is always in search for wisdom, but each small step of learning is a leap backwards. Hence, the equation is not achieved. It never was.
” Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
Foolish is not the opposite of intelligent. The former refers to the lack of sense of judgement; whereas, the latter pertains to the ability to learn things. One can be both.
“Before God, we are equally wise and equally foolish.”