Jacinda Ardern was visiting a Wellington primary school and the class was in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.
The teacher asked Ms Ardern if she would like to lead the discussion on the word ‘Tragedy’.
So our illustrious leader asked the class for an example of a ‘Tragedy’.
A little boy stood up and offered: ‘If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playin’ in the field, and a tractor runs over him and kills him that would be a tragedy.’
‘Incorrect’ said Ardern.
‘That would be an accident.’
A little girl raised her hand: ‘If a school bus carrying fifty children drove over a cliff, killing everybody inside that would be a tragedy.’
‘I’m afraid not’ explained Ardern ‘that’s what we would refer to as a great loss’.
The room went silent.
No other children volunteered. Ardern searched the room.
‘Isn’t there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?’
Finally at the back of the room, little Johnny raised his hand and said:
‘If a plane carrying you, Mr. Robertson, Ms Mahuta, Ms Woods, and Andrew Little was struck by a ‘friendly fire’ missile & blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy.’
‘Fantastic’ exclaimed Ardern, ‘and can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?’
‘Well’ said Johnny ‘it has to be a tragedy, because it certainly wouldn’t be a great loss and it probably wouldn’t be a fucking accident either!’

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