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Illawarra Police Rescue Story Australia

Illawarra Police Rescue Story Australia

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Published by G A McKee
This story was published in the Illawarra Mercury Weekend Magazine (New South Wales, Australia) May 29-30, 2010. It is a story about tragedy and senselessness. It tells of how tragedy can strike the unsuspecting, making the world seem senseless. In a reverse way, seeing the world as senseless can also lead to tragedy. The story started with the suicide by university student and peak oil researcher, Tasman, 19. He had left a note note saying he was living in a "nonsense suicide civilisation" and had made a "calm and calculated decision" to end his life, rather than wait purposelessly for the end. Mannii, 48, was Commander of the Illawarra Police Rescue Squad, leading the search for Tasman's body, high in the rugged escarpment bushland overlooking the Tasman Sea. Jayne, 61, a police chaplain for the Lake Illawarra command, was consoling Tasman's shocked and grief stricken family. That was how Mannii met Jayne, on November 13, 2006. He was strong, handsome, confident, one of society's text-book heroes. How would Mannii know that his meeting with Jayne on that day would portend his own experience of tragedy, six weeks later? A tragedy that Jayne helped him get through, just as she had helped the family of Tasman.

"You get tragedy where the tree instead of bending, breaks" - Ludwig Wittgenstein.
This story was published in the Illawarra Mercury Weekend Magazine (New South Wales, Australia) May 29-30, 2010. It is a story about tragedy and senselessness. It tells of how tragedy can strike the unsuspecting, making the world seem senseless. In a reverse way, seeing the world as senseless can also lead to tragedy. The story started with the suicide by university student and peak oil researcher, Tasman, 19. He had left a note note saying he was living in a "nonsense suicide civilisation" and had made a "calm and calculated decision" to end his life, rather than wait purposelessly for the end. Mannii, 48, was Commander of the Illawarra Police Rescue Squad, leading the search for Tasman's body, high in the rugged escarpment bushland overlooking the Tasman Sea. Jayne, 61, a police chaplain for the Lake Illawarra command, was consoling Tasman's shocked and grief stricken family. That was how Mannii met Jayne, on November 13, 2006. He was strong, handsome, confident, one of society's text-book heroes. How would Mannii know that his meeting with Jayne on that day would portend his own experience of tragedy, six weeks later? A tragedy that Jayne helped him get through, just as she had helped the family of Tasman.

"You get tragedy where the tree instead of bending, breaks" - Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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