Perhaps the only other emotional response that can rival the scale of generosity and grief on display over the past fortnight as Australia burns is the release of anger directed at the federal government.
It is rare to see so much of public opinion in agreement, and those views have been expressed consistently in central Victoria.
One of the more measured responses we have seen, courtesy of Pat Horan from Sebastian, is our Letter of the Week.
Pat's letter spells out a lot of the big reasons why the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has been the subject of so much criticism over the past few weeks.
The contrast between Mr Morrison, struggling to display the authority and empathy expected of a Prime Minister, and the premiers of Victoria and NSW has been stark.
It remains to be seen whether the damage done to his standing will still be a factor when voters next go to the polls.
This week's Letter of the Week winner also picks up on the way the discussion of climate change has come to fore as the fires have burned.
For all the claims about climate science being wrong, or the attempts to put the cause of a vast number of bushfires down to arson, there is no doubt that a hotter climate is making fire in Australia more likely and more intense - however it begins.
Central Victoria is continuing to lead a charmed life this summer, although last weekend's fire at Huntly is a reminder of just how dangerous the conditions remain.
The bush and grasslands of our region are ready to burn.
Fortunately, the region's main involvement in the bushfire crisis has been a supporting role.
Firefighters and other volunteers have distinguished themselves and our region with their service in the most trying of circumstances.
We have enjoyed telling their stories, and we have been pleased with your responses as readers and contributors.
It was particularly pleasing to receive, and publish, letters of thanks and congratulations this week.