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.
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! 😀