A good artical ^^ by Krakauer
of course its a tradgedy for so many people to die but notice that pretty quick everyone is talking about money
the sherpas need the money and have better lives for the dangerous jobs of getting the rich sahib up the mtn in much the same way a sweatshop garment worker in Bangaladesh has a better life making walmart clothing its just that high alltitude sherpa sounds way more sexy than sweatshop factory worker
nobody sez we should quit shopping at walmart when a factory burns to the ground killing hundreds of garment workers
People definitely say that we should stop shopping at walmart when a factory burns to the ground. Unfortunately, our (western) way of life is dependent on cheap goods from those factories, so other than the most dedicated activists, the outrage dies off as soon as the 6 o'clock news is finished. No one wants to have to actually start paying more for their stuff to save the life of a factory worker, they just want to feel good by posting "RIP" on facebook.
On the other hand, it's easy for everyone to get behind the Sherpas because their danger comes from supporting the pursuits of the wealthy, an easy target for the average person.
For the record, I don't believe that the Sherpas deserve any more or less sympathy and rights than a Bangladeshi factory worker, but it is interesting to compare the reactions to each case.