Australians are very sardonic. We accept the extremes of our land and bear the hardships with good humour. Our country is beautiful, but can be harsh, but what we really value is our society, our humour, our solidarity, our commonality of humanity. So yes, things in some spots are bad right now, but in a lot of other spots people are drinking beers or ports, spinning **** and talking philosophy, or football. Tragedy focuses us on what's good about life in spite of it's butterfly-like nature.
An old guy was interview post-cyclone about how he felt about living at Mission Beach: "I'd rather drown than be burnt to death." Glass half full or what?