Rage, rage against the dying of the light

New Zealand is a small nation.

The 6 degrees of separation that apply to the rest of the world are reduced to 2 here.

I was talking to a friend last week and we agreed that probably everyone in the country knew someone (or knew someone who knew someone) who was touched by the Erebus disaster of 1979. (The Nav Officer who entered the incorrect coordinates was a family friend, David knew someone more directly affected)

When your 8000-strong Defence Force loses 5 soldiers attached to the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan within a matter of weeks, the pain is palpable.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in This is New Zealand. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Rage, rage against the dying of the light

  1. Kate says:

    At first I was confused until I watched the YouTube video and read the following comments. And, I did some research on the tradition. It’s a moving way to express grief and your Dylan Thomas quote is spot on!

  2. It takes my breath away. And no one has ever said it better (in English) than Thomas. But I think these men have expressed it even more clearly, at least to me.

  3. Pingback: 2 degrees of separation – #1649 « Mainz Daily Photo

  4. Pingback: Lunch with a view #1822 | Mainz Daily Photo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s