Having written the same column over and over again for four years, Hugh Mackay now detects a national desire for change:
Over the past 12 months, we’ve gradually been changing from complacent, self-indulgent and self-absorbed to alert and re-engaged.
Desperate to share in this joyful new spirit of innovation, Hugh makes a radical change of his own:
We’ve begun to emerge from a prolonged period of social and political disengagement in which we preoccupied ourselves with “lifestyle” – everything from home renovations to …
… to body piercing.
We witness the dawn of a confusing and frightening new era.