Happy Calendar Day! Oh, you know today is usually called April Fool’s Day…on April 1st. But are you aware of how this day of expected trickery began? It’s really all about the calendar. We’ll talk about it in just a moment. You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life podcast. Ep 90………..No Foolin’
There was something wrong with the calendar. Something terribly wrong. We are talking about much more than just our recent debates of Daylight Saving Time.
Back in 46BC (For the younger Historians, that would be AUC708 Yet, another way to keep track of time) Back then, the Greeks were experts at calculating and charting, they had devised the Julian Calendar. Of which we would be celebrating New Year’s Day, today. There was quite a bit of confusion about the calendar; whether it was 442 days in a year, 355, or was it 378? Then there were days added on something called “irregular years” and well, as you can see, there was a lot more to be worried about than if your birthday fell on Feb 29th. They were adding and subtracting days to the calendar, no wonder we really don’t know much about history.
The calculations were off, ever so slightly. Enough to where we couldn’t determine when things happened in history, when to celebrate, when to expect to plant, and therefore when to expect to harvest.
Fast forward to the year 1582, yeah, still, a long time ago. So long in fact, that we needed a calendar reformation. France was leading the charge for change. Then, Pope Gregory XIII commissioned the Gregorian Calendar and made it official. The Council of Trent in 1563 said “This is the way we are going folks”. Now, stay with me on this.
News didn’t exactly travel fast back then. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved from April to January 1 they were marked as fools, and people would make fun of them. Hence, the beginning of what we know now as a particular day for fools.
The first pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as poisson d’avril (April fish), it’s meant to symbolize a young, “easily hooked” fish, like a gullible person. It’s still a tradition in France. And now you can see why the rest of the world celebrates this day of tricks and pranks.
April Fools day quickly spread through all of Europe. It became a two day event. Even today, there are a lot of people who get excited about pulling pranks on people. Some can get out of hand. Now, I’m all for a good harmless joke occasionally.
But it usually doesn’t not stop there. Think about it, this started because someone didn’t know something. Or they didn’t want to comply with this new big change. I mean, a calendar affects everything!
We are not talking about a disease, or a virus, or whether or not you have a shot, if you like to wear a mask or not, or even what turmoil is going on today.
What I am saying is that it is sometimes easy to look down on someone because they don’t have the same information than you.
Sometimes it’s easy to think someone is foolish when they don’t comply with certain changes.
Sometimes it’s easy to show how I have better protection, better information, or that how I think I am right.
But when it comes down to it, I see something very wrong today. Something terribly wrong.
And it needs to be fundamentally changed. . . and it’s as drastic as changing the calendar.
It’s not as important for me to be right, as it is for me to do what is right.
If me doing what is right is to let someone be wrong, then so be it. I may be standing in the way of a life lesson for that person and I may not be the one who is chosen to help them along the way to find it.
Just because I have the understanding, doesn’t mean I’m the one to share it. Sometimes that understanding is just a gift for me.
The point is this, Today, on a day that is hinting on being mean spirited, choose wisely.
Until next time, Living the Freedom Life, this is Kyle.