Men on Fire
Some time ago, a man died in Brisbane, Australia. He self-immolated after going through the wringer of the family court system there.
Let me repeat that. After experiencing the family court in Australia, the man doused himself with gasoline and set himself afire, resulting in 3rd degree burns to over 90% of his body. The scene was apparently so gruesome that the local police who responded would not comment on what they saw.
There is something else that was set afire in the aftermath of this tragedy. The facts. The chief casualty of truth was that this type of death only seems to disturb those who have it shoved in their face as an occupational hazard.
After searching through several online news accounts, most of them reported that he was a 39-year-old man who had received a bad outcome in the family court (imagine that). Two of them said he was 60 years old, and one report said his suicide was unrelated to the family court.
What none of these reports even attempted to do was tell us this man’s story. Not of his life, and not really of his death, save the headline value of such ghastly business. For underneath the headline, we learned more about his burning body for the traffic problems it caused than for why he set himself on fire in the first place.
One story quoted an unnamed police as source saying the event had nothing to do with court proceedings, but that he was “mentally ill.”
As usual with the mainstream media, it is headlines first, facts a far-flung second. So we may never know what happened or why. But it would be hard to argue against the possibility of an impaired mental state in anyone who would choose death, especially in such a horrifying and painful manner. The problem here is that with men emotional suffering is not a reason to ask more questions, but the main reason to quit asking questions altogether.
He was mentally ill, end of story.
Such was also the case of 26-year-old Daniel Shaull, who died after setting himself on fire in front of a fur store in Portland, Oregon. Of course, he was mentally ill, as well. We needn’t bother with exploring that any more.
The same, of course, was true in the case of Thomas Ball, who torched himself in front of the Keene County, New Hampshire courthouse after experiencing their version of family justice. According to the news, he was crazy, too.
Ball was later painted by the media to be a mentally disturbed anarchist. Nothing to see here, folks. Move it along.
That is what it is like for men lost for a myriad of reasons, most of them rooted in injustice. They were crazy; they were impediments to traffic; they were less column space than your average classified ad.
They were just more dead men.
And as we live in a culture that has men committing suicide at epidemic rates in much less newsworthy fashion, we can, at least in this corner of the Red Pill world, take pause to wonder:
What would the reaction be if women were lighting themselves up in the streets?
Don’t look for answers from the media, or the police or anyone else doing their part to obscure men’s despair.
Call me crazy, but I wonder if the fact that the world actually cares about the lives of women has anything to do with the fact that they are less likely to kill themselves?
Nah, that can’t be it.