Date: 2017-01-30 02:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rachelmanija
I heard about that! The Can The Wild Potato Variant Really Kill You Feud!

The thing with Ralston, who is kind of the extreme version of the "how much of this was his fault and what does that mean" thing, is that like most of these incidents, all else aside, it's usually not an all or nothing question to begin with. He obviously could have avoided being trapped for six days by letting someone know where he was going and when he meant to return. But he would have lost his hand regardless, because that was a freak accident that could have happened to anyone.

That was what I meant by "What if I'd lived an entirely different life?" Well, he could have avoided that part by not being a climber. Otherwise, it was pure chance that he happened to grab that rock in that canyon and be just heavy enough to move it.

McCandless, similar. He was underprepared and he also probably did have some bad luck. He could have ensured his survival by not doing the whole thing at all. But that wasn't who he was.

I think Krakauer is operating under a version of Just World, but it's exacerbated by a lot of people doing a hardcore version of the same and saying that being underprepared or reckless or even imperfect means you got what you deserved. It's really hard not to get sucked into arguing from the only POV that people like that find an acceptable defense, which is that it could have happened to anyone. Saying that to err is human tends to not fly at all.
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