Tragedy

Pres­i­dent George W. Bush, Leader of the Free World, is vis­it­ing a pri­ma­ry school and he attends one of the class­es. They are in the mid­dle of a dis­cus­sion relat­ed to words and their mean­ings. The teacher asks the Pres­i­dent if he would like to lead the dis­cus­sion of the word tragedy.

So the Illus­tri­ous Leader asks the class for an exam­ple of a tragedy. One lit­tle boy stands up and offers: “If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is play­ing in the field and a run­away trac­tor comes along and knocks him dead, that would be a tragedy.” 

“No,” says Pres­i­dent Bush, “that would be an accident.”

A lit­tle girl then rais­es her hand: “If a school bus car­ry­ing 50 Chil­dren drove over a cliff,  killing every­one inside, that would be a tragedy!” 

“I’m afraid not,” explains the Exalt­ed Leader. “That’s what we would call a great loss.”

The room goes silent. No oth­er chil­dren vol­un­teer. Pres­i­dent Bush search­es 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 rais­es his hand. In a qui­et voice he says: “If Air Force One, car­ry­ing you, was struck by a mis­sile and blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy.”

“Fan­tas­tic!” exclaims Pres­i­dent Bush, “That’s right! And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?”

Well,” said lit­tle John­ny, “because it sure as hell would­n’t be a great loss and it prob­a­bly would­n’t be an acci­dent, either.”

Cyn is a proud Mommy & Mémé, professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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