Calamity, N. A More Than Commonly Plain And Unmistakable Reminder That The Affairs Of This Life Are Not Of Our Own Ordering.

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Calamity, n. A more than commonly plain and unmistakable reminder that
the affairs of this life are not of our own ordering. Calamities are of
two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
-- Ambrose Bierce "The Devil's Dictionary"