April Fools: … full of sound and fury, signifying nothing?

While I still disdain saturnine’s actions on IRC, I applaud the collaborative efforts of the ABC in their performance of a very elaborate joke on those who were ignorant. I must say, however, that while its mechanism and its execution were flawless, it wasn’t funny. But since the essence of April Fools’ is primarily practical jokes, they have done well in fooling quite a few of us. Kudos to the ABC.

With that said, I’m sorry if I’m a wet blanket to all the Rick-rolling, Dynamic Posting Guides or mindless jesting, but Philippines as a culture and nation has never embraced April Fools’ Day. It is because in this country, everyday is April Fools’ Day. Laughter is often the only medicine to the cancers of corruption and impropriety, and it is in laughter at the expense of others that we as a people forge on in our sufferings and shortcomings. While the jokes of this year are quite amusing, these are but quotidian occurrences in the Filipino experience.

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Racism is another irrationality. No race is greater or lesser, but some people believe there are hierarchies.

April Fools’ is a day not only of fooling, but also of fools, as can be seen in its title. I pertain to fools not in the sense of intellectual stupidity, but rather, irrationality. Mark Twain noted that today ‘(April Fools’) is the day in which we can be reminded of what we are on the other three-hundred and sixty four’. Husserl noted that before the ‘moment of insight’ in which one derives meaning from experience and glimpses partly of what is to be human, one must first recognize one’s own Naturlicher weltbegriff or natural worldview (I’m sorry, I’m not German, but if it is mistaken I would appreciate it if people corrected me). This natural worldview is the inherent bias an individual has on different ideas, events, people, or things in general. An example (that would be somehow related to this business of anime blogging) would be my irrational fixation with the number 10 with regard to the comments I feel I have to obtain in every post I write. I don’t check my GoogleAnalytics, even though it has been installed for a long time already, or interlink (other than posting a link to a recent post ever so often in the #animeblogger channel) with other bloggers much, but as long as a post of mine has reached 10 comments I feel sated because I would believe it has been read by many people. This is one of the reasons why I like people to comment on a post if they have read it, but it is not the only reason. Comments ensure that people have read you and understood what you wrote about. While many blogs or bloggers pay no heed to these, I treasure comments dearly. They will help me improve with regard to my writing, or to my subject matter, and also prove to myself that I am being read. And being read greatly helps, I assure you.

I am certain that everyone of us harbors secret irrationalities and insecurities. In this celebration of fools, what irrationalities can you share?

P.S. Oh, and a Happy April Fools, to whoever celebrates it! πŸ˜€

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19 Responses to “April Fools: … full of sound and fury, signifying nothing?”

  1. blissmo Says:

    What sucks most about this is I can’t share April Fools’ with my friends from school since right now we’re on holiday break.

  2. IKnight Says:

    Ah, comments. They do validate one’s nexistence so. More seriously, they offer the opportunity to refine what was said in the original post, as I usually find other people spot the things I failed to see.

    As for irrationalities, hmm. I have an irrational tendency to refuse to watch widely-recommended anime, and also a ridiculous habit of keeping the A5 padded envelopes that Amazon.co.uk Marketplace sellers are wont to use until I have a massive pile in my flat, at which point I snap and throw them all away. I never actualy use them for something productive.

  3. Michael Says:

    @IKnight
    I actually just have fun with the number 10. I can pretty much live without comments, but they fixate me sometimes. I like it when people point out things that were unsaid or passed over in the original post.

    Ah, that irrationality! I have that as well. I usually stumble with anime series I watch primarily because I don’t listen to people who ‘know’ better. As for the A5 envelopes, I have some of them, and I don’t use them, too. They’re just there, but I don’t read as much as you so I’ve never thrown mine away as yet.

    I do want to find out how you relate to Lawrence. Did you like the bugger, or did you hate him, or did you not read him yet? I find that he’s a bore, and he’s too prolix for my tastes. πŸ˜›

    @blissmo

    Isn’t that better, because they can’t pull off anything on you? I find I become more productive without my friends, but I also miss them dearly (I only finished a novel now that I don’t have friends to hang around with anymore.) πŸ™‚

  4. Ryan A Says:

    πŸ™‚ ya to April Fools, good days. Not much of a celebrator any more, but it was always fun back in school. I’m insecure about my OSOM powers! But that’s not much of a joke, just ask the last frying pan I torched…

    (Out of Sight Out of Mind)

  5. Michael Says:

    Are you serious, Ryan?

  6. Ryan A Says:

    I’m pretty bad… but good with assignments and such

  7. therethere Says:

    nice Shakespeare/Faulkner reference in the title πŸ˜‰

  8. Karura Says:

    “Comments ensure that people have read you and understood what you wrote about.”
    Does it? What’s to stop me skipping most of your post and just commenting on one sentence that stood out? πŸ˜‰

    On the subject of irrationality, try to read Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, should be your sort of thing.

  9. korosora Says:

    Haha, I didn’t do anything but I mildly enjoyed today. IGN’s Zelda Movie trailer being the highlight.

    P.S. I’m writing something now. πŸ˜› Booyahcasha!

  10. IKnight Says:

    Lawrence? I haven’t read much – one poem (‘Death on the Farm’) and Lady Chatterley’s Lover (because of its role in British literary history). ‘Prolix’ is a good word: I found him rather long-winded, and a number of my friends seem to have had a similar impression.

  11. usagijen Says:

    Belated Happy April Fools! It’s the first time I ever did any April Fools Day prank in my entire life, and I’m not really sure if I should be proud of this mischievous achievement ^^””

    as for comments, yes it’s a great indicator that people digested much stuff in the blog post, enough for them to churn out a reply (providing they’re not flames or troll comments:|). And for that, it’s certainly better than getting hits alone. It might be frustrating to expect a number of comments in your post though, so just enjoy what you do, blog for fun!

  12. therethere Says:

    I read Lawrence’s Women in Love and I had trouble with it because yes, it seemed long-winded…but I think I want to read it again to better understand it. I also remember that in high school, I saw this really messed up live adaptation of “The Rocking Horse Winner”….

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  14. Michael Says:

    @therethere

    Thank you. πŸ™‚

    @Karura

    That’s an assumption I’ve been making. Most people who only read one sentence don’t also bother to leave a comment, I think.

    @korosora

    HELLO AGAIN!

    @IKnight

    Thanks. I thought I was alone regarding the matter.

    @usagijen

    Salamat!

    Yeah, I try to do that. I just get fixated at times, but I never expect much, lol. I need to amp up my popularity, and I don’t have much right now. ^_^

    @therethere

    I tried that. Oh wow, that was boring. :c

    @Billy

    Thanks.

    Wait, is that spam or anything? ^_^

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