Thursday, 25 May 2006

technologically challenged

I've spent half an hour doing Cheryl's 'letter meme' and then I pressed the 'Clear Content' button rather than 'Publish'.  So I'm feeling rather grumpy.

While I start again, what do you think about all these people who allegedly left that chap to die on Everest while they went on to climb the summit?  Given the  available information, did they make the right decision?  What would you have done?

11 comments:

  1. First thought - evil, evil.
    Second thought - unless one slip means you are dead yourself and genuinely nobody is equipped to even pause, let alone save someone else at that altitude.
    Third thought - so why isnt there a law and checking points at the base to stop you going up without the right equipment?

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  2. First thought - evil, evil.
    Second thought - unless one slip means you are dead yourself and genuinely nobody is equipped to even pause, let alone save someone else at that altitude.
    Third thought - so why isnt there a law and checking points at the base to stop you going up without the right equipment?

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  3. I can't believe there wasn't anything any of them could have done. So wrong.

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  4. I can't believe there wasn't anything any of them could have done. So wrong.

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  5. I expect they all thought someone else would do something, people are good at that.

    It is a strange sort of person who decides to climb Everest anyway, now that there's a double-glazing company named after it. It's not exploring, it's not unique, it's surely not all that interesting and I bet the view's crap. It also costs a lot of money. People with a lot of money don't get it by stopping to help every dying person they see, you know.

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  6. I expect they all thought someone else would do something, people are good at that.

    It is a strange sort of person who decides to climb Everest anyway, now that there's a double-glazing company named after it. It's not exploring, it's not unique, it's surely not all that interesting and I bet the view's crap. It also costs a lot of money. People with a lot of money don't get it by stopping to help every dying person they see, you know.

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  7. Ethics. Where are people's ethics. Maybe they coouldn't have done anything to help but to do nothing and walk on? I think I'd have been inclined to abandon my plans to at least be there and be with him until the end.

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  8. Good comments from everyone - particularly Doris, I think that's what I would have done. The thing that really struck me was that apparently, all the people who passed him were going UP the mountain. It wasn't a case of them being on their way down and perhaps short of supplies.

    It throws an interesting light on hubris and self-interest. I also noticed that Sir Edmund Hillary was pretty scathing about their behaviour.

    The whole story made me feel really uncomfortable and angry at the kind of society we appear to be living in.

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  9. Good comments from everyone - particularly Doris, I think that's what I would have done. The thing that really struck me was that apparently, all the people who passed him were going UP the mountain. It wasn't a case of them being on their way down and perhaps short of supplies.

    It throws an interesting light on hubris and self-interest. I also noticed that Sir Edmund Hillary was pretty scathing about their behaviour.

    The whole story made me feel really uncomfortable and angry at the kind of society we appear to be living in.

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  10. I heard a bit of Sir Edmund Hillary's comments too - at least the feel of it.

    The constant surge for the top as if nothing else matters and anything else that gets in the way is of lesser importance. "Driven" is one thing but this is madness and missing the whole point of life.

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  11. I heard a bit of Sir Edmund Hillary's comments too - at least the feel of it.

    The constant surge for the top as if nothing else matters and anything else that gets in the way is of lesser importance. "Driven" is one thing but this is madness and missing the whole point of life.

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