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|Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:33 pm Post subject: Tragedy
|Gordon Brown was visiting a primary school in North Yorkshire where he looked in on one of the classes. They were in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.
The teacher asked Mr. Brown if he would like to lead the discussion on the word 'tragedy'. So the illustrious leader asked the class for an example of a "tragedy".
A little boy stood up and offered: "If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs over him and kills him, that would be a tragedy."
"No," said Brown........"that would be an accident."
A little girl raised her hand: "If a school bus carrying fifty children drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy."
"I'm afraid not," explained Mr. Brown "that's what we would call great loss".
The room went silent. No other children volunteered. Gordon Brown searched the room. "Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?"
Finally, at the back of the room, little Johnny raised his hand. In a quiet voice he said: "If a plane carrying you and your entire Labour cabinet was struck by a 'friendly fire' missile & blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy."
"Fantastic!" exclaimed Brown. "That's right. And can you tell me why that would be tragedy?"
"Well," says little Johnny "it has to be a tragedy, because it certainly wouldn't be a great loss and it probably wouldn't be an accident either!"
(I deleted the expletive contained in this, as it was sent to me. Did you miss it?)