The High of Mount Everest and the Lows of Human Behavior

I guess for people who have a dream of climbing Mount Everest, nothing else--a href=""not even a person dying/a--can keep them from their goal (Hat Tip:a href="" Ann Althouse/a). I say that's pitiful. It reminds me of the French tragedy when a href=""thousands of elderly died of heatstroke /a when their kids and the government went on vacation in the month of August. What do you think--would you pass a dying man by to reach the top of a mountain or leave the elderly to die so you could have a vacation?