Rory Miller was on a search for a missing trail runner:
I tried to encourage the younger members of the team: “It hasn’t been that cold and it’s only been two days. If the guy had the most basic survival gear or any common sense, we’ll find him alive.”
These 14-18 year old kids had more search experience than me. They gave me pitying looks and one said, “Sarge, if he had any common sense he wouldn’t have tried to go cross-country at twilight. We don’t search for the smart ones.”
Later, one of the searchers confided that he wanted to quit, “I’ve been looking at all the people we’ve saved in the last two years and I don’t want any of them breeding. I don’t think saving stupid people is good for society.” Harsh.