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shoot­ings at WA farm­ing town Geraldton shat­ter two fam­i­lies,” said the head­line in on March 23. No mere sen­tence can ac­cu­rately cap­ture the tragedy of this crime: a farmer shoot­ing dead his ac­coun­tant, at­tempt­ing to shoot his two broth­ers, then end­ing his own life. Jour­nal­ist Vic­to­ria Lau­rie’s story goes to the heart of two very live is­sues in ru­ral Aus­tralia: suc­ces­sion plan­ning and men­tal health. The first is of­ten a fraught, ne­glected but nec­es­sary process. The lat­ter re­quires vig­i­lance from friends and fam­ily and ac­cess to treat­ment. Of course some peo­ple won’t ad­mit they have a prob­lem, won’t ac­cept help. When guns are in­volved it be­comes all the more com­pli­cated. What wor­ries Yu­val Noah Harari

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