Monday, December 15, 2008


Georog Blockshy was visiting a primary school and he visited one of the classes.

They were in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.

The teacher asked the helmsman 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".

One little girl stood up and offered: "If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the fieldand a tractor runs over him and kills him, that would be a 'tragedy'".

"No," said Georog, "that would be an accident."

A young boy raised his hand: "If a school bus carrying thirty children drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy."

"I'm afraid not," explained the Georog, "that's what we would call a great loss."

The room went silent. No other child volunteered.

Georog searched the room. "Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of tragedy?"

Finally, at the back of the room, a small boy raised his hand...In a quiet voice he said: "If the airplane carrying you and Mrs Georog was struck by a "friendly fire" missile & blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy."

"Fantastic!" exclaimed Georog Blockshy. "That's right. And can you tell me why that would be tragedy?"

"Well," says the boy "it has to be a tragedy, because it certainly wouldn't be a great loss and it probably wouldn't be a bloody accident either!"

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