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Fool's Paradise Day

First mentioned in The Paston Letters in 1462, and later used by William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet in 1592, "fool's paradise" is an idiomatic phrase that means "a state of happiness based on belief, denial, or false hope." Those in a fool's paradise become happy by basing their hopes on false facts. This brings only short-term happiness until the truth is revealed. False promises, false cures from diseases, and other scams can bring people into a fool's paradise.

Fool's Paradise Day takes place today. Some who celebrate it say it is a day for a little bit of foolishness and to believe any far-fetched promise. It's a day to leave reality behind, forget about life's troubles, and get to one's own paradise. But others see it differently. They see it as a day to avoid fool's paradise. It's a day to avoid putting one's faith in things that are deceptive and that give false hope.

How to Observe Fool's Paradise Day

Celebrate by either embracing the false hopes that bring you to a fool's paradise or by being beware of and steering clear of them. The choice is yours. Will you stay in an ignorant state of bliss, or will you take the rockier road to truth?

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