Coup leader George Speight is visiting a primary school and he visits one of
the Class 4 classes. They are in the middle of a
discussion related to words and their meanings. The teacher asks the coup leader if he would like to lead the class in the
discussion of the word, "tragedy." So the bald headed one asks the class for an example of a "tragedy." One little boy
stands up and offers, "If my best friend, an Indian boy 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 Speight, "that would be an accident." A little girl raises her hand:
"If a school bus carrying 50 children collided with a sugar cane train, killing everyone involved, that would be a tragedy."
"I'm afraid not," explains Mr. Speight. "That's what we would call a GREAT LOSS." The room goes silent. No other
children volunteer. Coup leader George Speight 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 the limousine
carrying Mr. & Mrs. Speight was struck by an anti-tank missile and blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy".
"Fantastic," exclaims George, "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 would be no great loss."
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