A politician is visiting a primary school.
In one class, he asks the students if anyone can give him an example of a “tragedy.”
One little boy stands up and offers that,
“If my best friend who lives next door is playing in the street when a car came by and ki!led him, that would be a tragedy.”
“No,” the politician says,
“That would be an ACCIDENT.”
A girl raises her hand.
“If a school bus carrying fifty children drove off a cliff, ki1ling everyone inside … that would be a tragedy.”
“I’m afraid not,” explains the politician.
“That is what we would call a GREAT LOSS.”
The room is silent; none of the other children dare volunteer.
“What?” asks the politician,
“Isn’t there anyone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?”
Finally, Little Johnny in the back raises his hand.
In a timid voice, he says:
“If an aeroplane carrying a politician was blown up by a bomb, *that* would be a tragedy.”
“Marvelous!” the politician beams.
“And can you tell me WHY that would be a tragedy?”
“Well,” says Johnny,
“because it wouldn’t be an accident, and it certainly would be no great loss!”
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