In what’s been said about the tragic death of Australian cricketer, Philip Hughes, the word “love” is prominent. Captain Michael Clarke, for example, wrote “I will love you forever” and many others referred to caring in the same way, both about the man and their support for the family. See for example http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/30221766.
Clearly, Philip Hughes engendered a strong affection, and the bonds of the community run deep.
The Australian willingness to call the sentiment what it is is noticeable—noticeable because it seems different; different from other countries.
And that’s a strength.
I’ll remember, and perhaps you will too.