Dr. LaBeaver, while visiting a
primary school class, found himself
in the middle of a discussion
related to words and their meanings.
The teacher asked Dr. LaBeaver if
he would like to
lead the discussion on the word "tragedy."
So the stuperintendent asked the class for an example of a "tragedy."
Little Ryder stood up and offered: "If my best friend,
lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a runaway
along and knocks him dead, that would be a tragedy."
"No," said Dr. LaBeaver, "that would be an accident."
Little Carol raised her hand:
"If a school bus carrying 50
children drove over a cliff,
killing everyone inside, that would be a
"I'm afraid not," explained the exalted educational leader.
"That's what we would call a great loss."
The room went silent. No other children volunteered.
searched the room. "Isn't there someone here
who can give me an example
of a tragedy?"
Finally at the back of the room Michael raised his hand.
quiet voice he states: "If a plane carrying
Dr. LaBeaver were struck by a
missile and blown to
smithereens that would be a tragedy."
"Fantastic!" exclaimed Dr. LaBeaver, "That's right.
And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?"
"Well," said Michael, "because it sure as hell wouldn't be a great loss,
and it probably wouldn't be an accident either."