A vexed Miranda Devine bewails the Victim Syndrome currently afflicting residents of Innisfail, Queensland, in the wake of Cyclone Larry. Gone is the gumption of a stout-hearted yore, replaced by sapless, needy debility. Is the hardened Oz psyche, forged in punishing heat & unforgiving elements, wilting with the mass exodus of
"full of hypochondriacs, preoccupied with.. "wellness" & gripped by "morbid apocalyptic warnings" about looming health threats.. Illness.. has become the default position & "wellness" is something we aspire to.. Increasingly we live in a society where wellness is something you have to fight to achieve.. Illness has been redefined & normalisedWe're increasingly succumbing to helpless stasis, happily wallowing in dithery passivity. We've lionized weakness, made virtues of injury & ill-fortune. Surely we live in an Age of Decadence, not just of moral collapse, but ruinous crumbling of self-reliance & fortitude. Has our impressive technology which affords luxury & ease, cocooned us against hardship & mettle-shaping effort? In a bygone era people were too busy or challenged or exhausted to contemplate their anxieties or navels. Nowadays, glum self-indulgence is all we have to fill the hollow.