I'm a Goan woman, working in Mumbai as the founder of a studio called Totem Creative. I try to make the world happier, safer and more meaningful. I believe education, knowledge and awareness, art, writing and creating Social Impact are my means to achieve that end.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

(J) Redifining Tragedy

President George Bush is visiting an elementary school today and he visits
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 class in 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 next
door, is playing in the street and a car comes along and runs him over, that
would be a tragedy."
"No," says Bush, "that would be an ACCIDENT."
A little girl raises her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50 children drove
off a cliff, killing everyone involved that would be a tragedy."
"I'm afraid not," explains Mr. President. "That's what we would call a
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, way in the back of the room, a small boy raises his hand. In a
quiet voice he says, "If Air Force One, carrying Mr. & Mrs. Bush, were
struck by a missile and blown up to smithereens, by a terrorist like
Osama bin Laden that would be a tragedy."
"Fantastic," exclaims Bush, "that's right. And can you tell me WHY that
would be a TRAGEDY?"
"Well," says the boy, "because it wouldn't be an accident, and it certainly
wouldn't be a great loss."

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