>Definition of a Tragedy by Little Johnny
> The Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, while visiting a
>school class, found themselves in the middle of a discussion related to
>words and their meanings.
> The teacher asked both men if they would like to lead the discussion
>of the word "tragedy". So the illustrious Rev Jackson asks the class for an
>example of a "tragedy".
> One little boy stood up and offered: "If my best friend, who lives
>a farm, is playing in the field and a runaway tractor comes along and
>him dead, that would be a tragedy."
> No," says the Great Jesse Jackson, "that would be an accident."
> A little girl raised 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 Reverend Al. "That's what we
>would call a great loss." The room goes silent. No other children
> Reverend Al searches the room. "Isn't there someone here who can
>me an example of a tragedy?"
> Finally at the back of the room little Johnny raises his hand. In a
>stern voice he says: "If a plane carrying the Reverends Jackson and
>were struck by a missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy."
> Fantastic!" exclaims Jackson and Sharpton, "That's right. And can
>tell me why that would be a tragedy?"
> "Well," says little Johnny, "because it sure as hell wouldn't be a
>great loss, and it probably wouldn't be an accident either."