kozman18 wrote:Sorry, but you are using the word in two completely different ways. I exploit a hammer to drive a nail. So what? The definition of “exploitation” I referred to was misusing another person to achieve a selfish goal. Many Sherpas/porters fit this definition. Just because it happens, and they will do it, doesn’t make it right (by your logic, you can get children to make sneakers for you too -- cheaply -- and that’s not a problem because the market will work itself out).
My choices are not limited to charity or payment at the going rate. The third choice is to carry my own shit up the hill. Those who pay people slave wages to do are exploiting them. Pretty simple.
Not really, "misusing another person" and "doesn't make it right" are value judgements based on your personal views which I can respect. I never said it was right but simply stated what is happening now and what has been observed in the past. Just remember many people here on SP have a great deal of opportunities open to them but I can't imagine that the Sherpa people do. This area is one of the poorest in the world and if the only job in the area is to haul crap up a hill for a few dollars a day what would you do if you lived there? Climbers carrying their own gear would actually take money away from people who desperately need it. I agree it's not the best situation but is that for us to decide or the Sherpa people? If this exploitation was unacceptable to them why doesn't their government set fair rates? Perhaps we should be lobbying the Napelese government instead of discussing it amongst ourselves.