But then I read the Herald on Sunday:
Hello daftness my old friend, as someone nearly sang. Parents, show this to your small children and ask them if it makes sense. Does "haha awesome" equate to writing forebodingly of fears? I think not.
A British backpacker wrote forebodingly of his earthquake fears a few hours before he was killed in Christchurch.
Ex-soldier Greg Tobin had been on a round-the-world trip with two friends when he was crushed in the quake.
In a Facebook post on Monday, he wrote: "Just felt the scariest earthquake of my life so far, compared with the little ones I've felt in the UK, that actually scared the s**t out of me! Haha awesome.
Worser still was the work of the Herald's billboard people, which announced this story as the lead, despite it appearing briefly and deeply within the paper. The billboard's take on the story was
Soldier Foretells His Own Death
No it wasn't. It was just one of those things. He came to Christchurch and felt an aftershock. It happens. Then there was an earthquake. Sadly, that happened. Sadly, he was killed. Sadly, so were many others. There was nothing foroboding, there were no omens. It just happened. One moment Christchurh was a city getting on with its life, putting itself back together after the last earthquake and coping with the aftershocks. The next moment, the city fell down. People died; Mr Tobin was one of them. Part of the sadness is that there was no meaning. Had Mr Tobin had been killed when he was a solidier, killed by an enemy, a meaning could have been found for his death. Had Mr Tobin sought out danger, deliberately taken risks by going to a place where another meaning could have been found.
But there was none. There was no meaning in the death of Don Cowey, a good architect and a good man. There was no meaning in the death of Murray Wood, a good businessman and a good man. What matters about these people and many others is not that they died tragic deaths but that they lived good lives. The papers should say more about the living and less about the dying.