There are three kinds of therapy our minds tend to apply to life as it is lived in our era. (Well, four if we don’t count binge-watching crime TV where bluish corpses are so grim and several, we think, “Well. Things could be a whole lot worse.” Unless it’s only me who does this on Sundays?)

The first is to take a Steven Pinker or Bill Gates or World Bank type hallucinogen, which allows us to view endless war as peace, wealth accumulation by a few as “billions being lifted out of poverty!” and private financial institutions being really awesome places that just want to, you know, help little ladies, or whoever. See also the cruder antidepressant of a Tony Abbott that allows climate change, if it even exists, to be not a bad thing, but more like free heating for the poor.