For evidence that the “Judge Not” philosophy is not limited to Mummy Blogs and is dangerously pervasive in today's society, check out the lead story in today’s Globe and Mail:
Left to die at 28,000 feet
Gasping for air near summit of Everest, Briton was abandoned by more than 40 climbers
Here's the "we mustn't judge" POV:
"It doesn't reflect well on climbers, but we can't judge them," said Ms. Tokarska, the first Canadian woman to reach the highest peaks on all seven continents. "I realize how difficult it would have been to help this climber and every effort, I think, would have been futile."
And here's the common sense POV:
Sir Edmund, who reached the summit of Everest in 1953 with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, decried in strong terms the mentality surrounding modern Everest attempts.
"Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain," the New Zealand native was quoted as saying in an interview with his country's press association. "It was wrong if there was a man suffering altitude problems and was huddled under a rock, just to lift your hat, say 'good morning' and pass on by."
Now, let’s judge. Who would you rather climb Everest with?
PS: If you haven’t yet read Into Thin Air, buy it for the beach this summer. It’s an explornography classic and even if you’re not into climbing, it’s a great tale of why people do crazy things like climb Everest and post the intimate details of their lives on blogs.