EDITORIAL OPINION A young man burnt himself to death over the weekend on this tiny island of Rarotonga. Scorch marks from his self-immolation left light sooty stains under a flying wing roof of the island's only 24 hour petrol station. Capital of a rapidly-shrinking micro-state, Rarotonga is not really well-known for any cultural proficiency in suicide, unlike, say, neighbour Samoa. As a centuries-old crossroads between Samoa and Tahiti, Avaiki Cook Islands are famed more for hearty hospitality. Today, Maori still form a healthy majority of the population. Land is secured by missionary-sanctified lease systems. Social services like health and education are good compared with other bigger, island countries. Similarly, minimum wages of about us$3 an hour are princely for an independent pacific nation. Hundreds of migrant workers, mainly from Fiji, have signed up for short-term contracts with a country enjoying free-assocation under New Zealand and the full freedom its passports-by-birth regime brings. One young Rarotonga man, however, did not feel free. He felt trapped enough to attempt suicide by means most dramatic and heart-breakingly awful. His family and friends started the weekend in deep shock, waiting for news from hospital where the man was reportedly treated for serious burns to 80% to his body. He died after 12 hours. Some may read much into his death, the manner of his passing and how that reflects on our society. Others could claim equal veracity for the randomness of anguish. For a five year old, losing a favourite pet can be heartbreaking. For a 19 year old teen, still learning to deal with the naturally powerful hormones of adulthood, and the surges of sometimes extreme emotion they bring, losing public face can be much too much to bear. One early story described trouble with the law. Whatever the details, a young man burnt himself to death over the weekend. Those who witnessed his suicide attempt could be encouraged by employers to cooperate with professional counsellers for awhile. Might such counselling might have helped avert tragedy in the first place? Time enough for questions. We hope for now there will be flowers at the Oasis. And prayers there too.