Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
In 1953, when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, I was 7 years old.A photo of the southern summit ridge of Everest has brought these memories back to me. Still others have been described as "familiar fixtures on the route to Everest's summit".It used to be taken for granted that if a climber was in danger, others would help, even if that meant abandoning their own plans. If that's right, then why does climbing Everest allow one to refrain from saving the life of a fellow climber?In any case, even if you are lucky enough to get to the top of Everest without passing a climber in need of help, you are still choosing to reach the summit rather than to save a life. So I can understand why Hillary wanted to climb Mount Everest.Arnold Coster, a Dutch mountaineer who organizes Everest climbs, says that many of his customers are more like trophy hunters than mountaineers.If that is right, one can only regard it as a pity that the desire for status leads us to set goals that involve pointless or even harmful activities, rather than goals that have value independently of status, like helping those in need and making the world a better place.
Proof the world’s not so bad
Looking beyond the idea of traditional family
Dirty money and tainted philanthropy
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE