Today is April 1st 2013 and, if you haven’t been caught out by some ruse, prank or jape as yet, then you may still be unaware of what that date signifies.
Yes, it’s April Fool’s Day.
Here in the UK, the BBC’s Panorama report into the spaghetti tree harvest was, perhaps, the most famous example of the genre. The number of people fooled into thinking that spaghetti really grew on trees rose to quite sizeable proportions at the time.
But that was way back in 1957 and the gullibility of the general public is not as easy to demonstrate these days. But there is still, I feel, a readiness to believe in the most unlikely of scenarios if they can be presented in a convincing enough manner; especially so if the ones currently making the rounds are much less appealing
Being thought a fool for only one day in the year is bad enough. Continuing to be that fool on every other day must be so much worse. But, far beyond that, there exists an even greater peril.
Our time on this Earth is not limitless. If we cannot solve the problems presented to us while we’re here, then we risk being fools to ourselves for the entire span of eternity, Everlasting contemplation of the multitude of deaths, privations, misery and pain forever linked to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the ease with which they could so readily have been avoided, cannot be a hereafter any sane person would willingly embrace.
Then it may be up to every one of us to inject a little humour into the proceedings.
The greatest April Fool joke we could ever play would be upon ourselves. And that, in itself, just might save us all from an infinite progression of really bad nightmares.