Saturday, September 20, 2014


Hone Harawira was visiting a Northland primary school and the class was in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.  

The teacher asked Hone if he would like to lead the discussion on the word 'Tragedy'.   Our illustrious leader took the floor and asked the class for an example of a tragedy.

Manu, 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 Hone ... 'That would be an accident'.

Mere 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 Hone 'that's what we would refer to as a great loss'.

The room went silent. No other children volunteered. Hone 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 and Mr Dotcom was struck by a 'friendly fire' missile & blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy.'

'Fantastic' exclaimed Hone '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 
f--king accident either!'


Judge Holden said...

A Maori friend? Is it important for you that we all know that for some reason?

The Veteran said...

Holden ... nah, not really, except to note that having the ability to laugh at your own shows a certain level of maturity.

A trait sadly lacking in some ... sigh.