The entitled way we've lived these past 50 years was never sustainable.
We were just lucky.
The climate tried to tell us, but COVID made us listen.
Time to re-calibrate and stop living like there's no tomorrow, because tomorrow's here and it ain't going nowhere.
As the State with the highest proportion of people dependent on welfare, there must be many Tasmanians who may finally be feeling a little more financially secure.
At the moment we have more appropriate social welfare payments that give a jobseeker or those on other benefits cash bonuses or top ups equating to enough dollars to pay their winter bills and maybe put fuel in the car for a trip to St Helens for fish and chips?
And, while the Commonwealth says it will re-set payments after COVID - they know that "after'' COVID may be a year or two away.
Even the JobKeeper payments, which might not secure job futures, are doing their bit.
Tasmanians are spending.
It will be interesting to see our GST receipts for the 12 months March 2020 to 2021.
Those Commonwealth dollars are all going into the economy and flowing back to government as GST.
Spending has been stimulated and Gerry Harvey would be wishing he could live another 30 years to spend the dollars that have likely been flowing his way.
I'm sure there's a sweet spot in Tasmania's super-premium accommodation, vineyards and restaurants where those who might have spent winter on expensive holidays elsewhere, spend locally.
Going forward, the lessons on what makes a sustainable business might be those already adopted by some Tasmanian business leaders.
I call it the Andrew Pirie (winemaker) economic model - that is, small and super premium, not broadacre (grapes/wine).
Tasmania might learn that big hotels are not viable during unstable economic times.
That our relationship with China isn't the be-all.
Clever, uniquely Tasmanian enterprises like Pumphouse Point, Three Capes Walk, Stillwater Seven or the very sexy Hobart Slow Beam (accommodation) are the type of enterprises that might just survive what the future throws our way.
On another matter ...
Apparently 1.5m British residents are idiots.
That is the number of Brits who thought it was a good idea to take their annual holiday in Spain during June and July.
What could possibly go wrong?
On Tuesday, the Times (of London) front-page headline "All travel is now a risk, holidaymakers are told''.
"Officials are blaming the rise (of COVID-19) on partygoers congregating in bars and beaches, and migrant workers travelling in search of jobs and staying in cramped accommodation.''
The above sentence says so much about the social 'wrongs' of modern life and why the exponential growth of entitled idiots and the socially disadvantaged are significant contributors to the spread of COVID-19.
Just 24 hours later, Wednesday, the Times front-page headline was: Second Wave has started in Europe, warns PM.
"Travellers to Belgium, Luxembourg and Croatia face quarantine measures on their return to England as the government seeks to guard against rising levels of coronavirus in Europe.''
I'm sorry (not really) but I'm assuming the same would happen here if Australia had a travel bubble to Bali that suddenly burst.
Which of course, is just a matter of time.
I don't quite get the need to scarper offshore.
Not so much a need as an entitlement - sort of like the Sunday trip to Bunnings for a sausage and stroll through the succulents.
BTW. How was that?
The woman at Bunnings who claimed to be a "living woman'' exercising her right not to wear a mask?
Well, she was in the tool aisle.
At least, in Melbourne, the idiots will be easier to identify.
Those not wearing masks and complaining about their right ... to be wrong.