Judgment of Accidental Deaths Outrageous

How much courage does it take to be mean about the dead? Or to scold them for dying accidentally?

Two stories in the past week, about three young hikers swept over Yosemite’s Vernal Falls and a Marin man washed into a Hawaiian blowhole by a rogue wave, were grimed up with scathing and indignant comments, thrashing them all for being careless and contributing to their own deaths.

“Darwin award candidate right here folks,” one comment on the Maui tragedy read. “Irresponsible,” another wrote about the Yosemite kids, also citing Darwin. There were far worse: “What a blowhole for getting that close.”

Read more: San Francisco Chronicle.

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