April the first, April Fool’s or All Fool’s day, is traditionally a day of fun. To be totally traditional, any jokes have to be played before midday, but that seems to be just in the UK.
In France, The Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Russia, The USA and other countries, jokes can be played at any time during the day.
There are some well known urban myth April Fool jokes, such as the phone call to London Zoo, asking to speak to Mr C Lyon as well as the BBC’s own spaghetti tree item on the Panorama programme that caused a stir when broadcast in 1957.
Given that our latest project is at a pretty important stage, and that our COO is visiting the office tomorrow, I’m not sure that jokes will be the order of the day.
The entry for April 1st in Daisaku Ikeda’s Buddhism Day by Day is far too profound to be used as a joke. As always Sensei finds us a piece that inspires …
At all times I think to myself:
How can I cause living beings
to gain entry into the unsurpassed way
and quickly acquire the body of a Buddha?
This is taken from The Lotus Sutra and is therefore the words of Shakyamuni, The Buddha himself. Although regarded as the first Buddha, Shakyamuni was a human being and, as such, is an inspiration to all who seek the path to Buddhahood.
Have a fun day everyone.