Donald visits an elementary school one day.
In one of the classes, students are in the middle of a discussion about words and their meanings.
The teacher asks Donald if he’d like to lead the discussion of the word “tragedy.”
He agrees to do so and asks the class for an example of a tragedy.
One little boy Ron stands up and says, “If my best friend who lives on a farm, is playing football in the pitch and a runaway tractor comes along and runs him over and kills him, that would be a tragedy.”
“No,” says Donald, “That would be an accident.”
Next a little girl Megan raises her finger and says, “If a school bus carrying thirty children went off a cliff and fall in the sea, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy.”
“No, I’m afraid not,” says Donald. “That’s what we would call a great loss.”
The class in silence for a few seconds as no other children volunteer.
Donald looks around the room and says a little testily, “Isn’t there anyone here who can give me a true example of a tragedy?”
At last, a little boy Curtis at the back of the class raises his finger and says, “If a private jet carrying you, sir, was struck by a rocket and blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy.”
“That’s exactly right!” shouts Donald, “And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?”
“Well,” says Curtis, “Because I am sure, it wouldn’t be a great loss and it probably wouldn’t be an accident either.”