Diogenes Day is a holiday devoted to truth! It is the anti-April Fools’ Day.
October 1 is the Day
Diogenes Day is celebrated on a day that is as far from April Fools’ Day as is reasonably possible: October 1. October seems to be the season for major financial collapses (1929 and 2008, for example) which totally fits the Diogenes story (as you’ll see below). And . . . it’s nice to have a day devoted to truth around October 1 of an election year.
Why We Celebrate
Considering what we see in the media every day, April Fools’ Day has lost its kick. The fools have 365 days, not just one. It’s time to reclaim at least one day a year for the truth-tellers.
We called this holiday Diogenes Day after the ancient Greek philosopher who is known for his search for an honest man. Ironically, Diogenes began his life as a banker, but got fed up, embarking on a career as a philosopher and the world’s first cynic.
How We Celebrate
Now, I don’t want you to be alarmed. Truth-telling is going to be a new thing for a lot of people. For these folks, Diogenes Day is going to be a little like April Fools’ Day in reverse. I don’t see people telling truth for the whole day, at least not at first. Truth telling will be kinda like a prank. You tell one bit of truth, and then you yell “Diogenes Day!” It will be fun!
So a guy will be out on a date and it will come to that time in the evening when he would normally tell the girl how different she is and how taken he is with her so he can get her into bed. Instead, he will just say, “I want to have sex with you.” The girl will look alarmed. Then he will say, “Diogenes Day!” And the girl will laugh and say, “in that case, I’ll be happy to have sex with you.” And the guy will smile. And the girl will say, “Diogenes Day!” And he will laugh.
Or a used car salesman will say to a customer, “sure, this car has a lot of miles on it and could break down, but it’s running now, and you don’t really have money for a new car.” And the customer will ask for the keys to take a test drive, and the salesman will shout, “Diogenes Day.” And the customer will laugh and take the test drive.
Or a grocer will label his products as genetically modified—for a day. And the checkout clerks will shout “Diogenes Day!” each time a customer buys one.
Or mortgage lenders will disclose to customers on this day that they expect to foreclose within five years.
Or Democrats will disclose that they are as much beholden to corporate interests as the Republicans.
Or Republicans will disclose that Obamacare was really their idea and that they liked the idea until Obama adopted it.
And then everyone will shout “Diogenes Day!” And everyone will laugh and look forward to Diogenes Day next year when they can tell the truth again.
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More on Diogenes Day
Here are my posts on Diogenes day. In true blog fashion, they are listed in reverse chronological order. Like an archaeological dig, if you want to get to the oldest post, you’ll have to go down to the bottom.
ONE DAY FOR TRUTH
2014-08-31 – Thursday evening my wife and I came home from having dinner at a neighborhood Mexican restaurant. There was a card stuck in our door. The guy who put . . . [continue]
CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO . . .
2014-03-25 – We now learn that putting your hand over your heart tends to make you more honest and that folks witnessing this act perceive this act as indicating honesty. . . . [continue]
RAND PAUL AND FICTION
2013-10-31 – People are up in arms about Rand Paul’s “plagiarism” of a Wikipedia article on the science fiction film Gattaca. I’m not going to join that chorus. He used . . . [continue]
2013-10-01 – Happy Diogenes Day! If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you know that today is the day for celebrating truth telling. But I’ve written enough on the subject . . . [continue]
DIOGENES DAY IS OCTOBER 1
2013-09-29 – September may seem an odd time to write about April Fools’ Day. But last April, I got to thinking about how April Fools’ Day had lost its special . . . [continue]
TRUTH ABOUT DIOGENES DAY
2013-09-26 – Okay! Here’s a bit of pre-Diogenes-Day truth. I blew this thing! And I’m sorry! If you’re not a regular reader of this blog, you may not know . . . [continue]
DIOGENES DAY IS COMING
2013-09-15 – Last April Fools’ Day I proposed having a kind of anti-April Fools’ Day on October 1. It is called Diogenes Day, named after the ancient Greek cynic who . . . [continue]
90 MORE SHOPPING DAYS
2013-07-03 – Chicago used to have its big fireworks on this day. I used to go every year. Eventually, the event was combined with the Taste of Chicago and . . . [continue]
2013-04-01 – Considering what we see in the media every day, April Fools’ Day has lost its kick. The fools have 365 days, not just one. It’s time to reclaim . . . [continue]