A Little Folly

I have never been particularly fond of the sort of joking and teasing that goes on relating to April Fool’s Day [1].  There are several reasons for this, but before I discuss the reasons I would like to discuss the context of this message.  As I commonly do, I enjoyed relaxing this afternoon by watching some videos.  Many of the makers of the videos decided that today was a good day to play jokes on their listeners.  One person chose to make a top ten list of the best songs of 1989, and after listening his top ten songs off of the Taylor Swift album of that name, he then filled the long filler space with increasingly irritating music, earning him some hostility from viewers.  This was probably the least pleasant of the videos relating to that I saw, but many people chose to make videos that took advantage of the folly of a day like this by being dishonest in their postings and deliberately so.  The best of the videos that took advantage of the themes of today was a random list of top ten songs that was deeply interesting and enjoyable.

The dishonesty of people making videos is one of the reasons why I dislike April Fool’s Day so much as a concept.  By and large I tend to be a serious person, serious to the point of earnestness perhaps.  My first instincts are to want to take others seriously and to be taken seriously myself.  Much of my humor, such as it is, is deadpan to the point of being exceptionally dry, and often is at best only half of a joke or only a slight bit of an exaggeration, more likely being a deliberate understatement if anything.  The idea of intentionally misleading people and then laughing at them is simply not something I appreciate being on either end of.  I have a strong aversion to leading people on deliberately on the one hand and a very strong aversion to being led on and made the subject of other people’s malicious teasing.  Not finding this sort of thing funny, I tend as a result to find little enjoyment in a day such as this one where there is a great deal of effort spent to mislead and tease, since these things bother me a great deal in general.

Besides my general seriousness and dislike of teasing, there are other reasons for my dislike of April Fool’s Day in particular.  At least a couple of these reasons have religious causes.  For one, as someone whose religious calendar begins not far from April Fool’s Day because it follows the biblical focus on seasons beginning in the spring rather than the Gregorian Calendar beginning in winter, I tend to feel as if April Fool’s Day is the sort of day that is deliberately designed to be hostile to people whose views of the annual cycles are like my own.  It is not only that this is a day that focuses on making fun of others, something I dislike on principle, but that the sporting of the day was formed to make fun of people who view time like I do, adding a personal level of animus to the day on principle apart from the disreputable conduct encouraged on this day.  Indeed, April Fool’s Day is one of the heathen European days that encouraged misrule and a release from the standards of propriety, and not surprisingly I am hostile to all of those festivals and to the social disorder that results from people desiring an escape from decency and propriety.

Indeed, I tend to be the sort of person who thinks that the general desirability of honesty and integrity in one’s dealings is not a horrible burden or imposition that is to be gotten rid of several times a year as a way of releasing some steam from the pressure of living up to a general reputation of moral rectitude but rather that it is to be a standard that is internally accepted and developed such that one does not desire opportunities to cast it aside.  My attitude, in other words, is entirely hostile to that chosen by the corrupt and semi-heathen European model set up in the Middle Ages and continued to this day in a variety of our holidays and observances.  A morality that is accepted and chosen for one’s self and practiced diligently is reliable every day of the year, without exception.  By contrast, a moral standard that is imposed from without is a burden that one will cast off as quickly as possible.  On a day like today, it is pretty easy to see which attitude one has towards honesty and the license people seek to tease and mislead others.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2011/04/02/id-rather-be-an-april-fool/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/04/03/esperanto-and-the-eus-unusual-revenge/

About nathanalbright

I'm a person with diverse interests who loves to read. If you want to know something about me, just ask.
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