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The Australian way

Media coverage of natural disasters in Australia tend to focus on people’s willingness to help each other in times of great need, and they call it the Australian way. They say that this solidarity defines the Australian way of life, as if it were unique to our relatively puny population.

In truth, solidarity in times of acute need is a trait of humanity, not just of Australians.

It is troubling to see how much hype is made about it on the news, because it makes me wonder whether kindness and care are only valued and encouraged under these rare circumstances.

Why do we disproportionately hear of random acts of violence, compared to random acts of kindness? Do the news try to inform us, as they would like us to think, or merely to entertain and excite us?

What do you think?

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