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Orange monster comes knocking

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If the nation had such a thing as the chief counselling psychologist (in the way we really do have a chief scientist and a chief medical officer) what a busy time this would be for him or her.

Many fear after a hellish summer that Australia may become uninhabitable. Picture: Shutterstock

All thinking Australians are struggling during this horrific summer, our racing minds brimming with unusual combinations of emotions. The label-words for our sensations, words like grief, fear, disgust (the latter because so many of us are disgusted by our politicians) cannot properly nail feelings that are so new and so unusual as to be indescribable.

One can imagine the chief psychologist giving an essential nationwide address, attempting to help all Australians to make sense of what we are thinking and to somehow try to remain buoyant. At this shocking time the alarmed mind skedaddles from wild thought to wild thought. Thoughts like these:

Is Australia going to become uninhabitable? Never a day goes by without one noticing a sensible-sounding person uttering that previously unthinkable thought. Already today (it is a Tuesday morning) I've just heard a thoughtful, fearful Bateman's Bay GP speak the u-word, utter the u-thought in an ABC radio interview.

And so to the bundle of our this-very-minute worries is added to the futuristic fear of........

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