I have to make a comment about the massive storms and floods that have lashed Australia’s eastern seaboard and Tasmania in the last week. I don’t want to use the event as a reason to talk about climate change or make any points about government responses. I just want to acknowledge the difficult- and in many cases traumatic- experiences a number of Australians have been through and face in the near future.
Many of us sustained minor water damage during the storms, but this is more of an inconvenience if the house is still standing and structurally sound. But others have been hit worst. To leave your home to the rising flood waters, especially for farmers and business owners who have so much of their livelihood tied to the property would be devastating.
While it is somewhat cliched and of little comfort to anyone right now, it is true that in adversity we sometimes discover strength we didn’t know we had, or received unexpected assistance that renews our faith in our fellow Australians. I can only hope that the damage is less than expected and those in difficulty can find some form of succour over the coming days. Recovering from a personal catastrophe is never easy, but it is better than the alternative.