What Causes People (Culture) to Disrespect National Parks?

Recently, it seems more and more reports of crimes being committed in public parks is now a normal occurrence. But is this becoming a trend? Or are certain news sources simply reporting more of it than usual?

A few years ago, a man was shot while illegally entering the garage of a local resident where I live. This somehow created public outrage though because of the situation. One man had reportedly been regularly stealing from this residence, and the home owner set a trap. One man lost his life, and it now looks like the homeowner is going to jail.

I bring this situation up because it has to do with property rights. On one hand, it’s clearly wrong to trespass on other’s property. Then we add in context and things become more clear.

There’s a recent uptick in news regarding National Parks here in the United States. Awhile ago, perhaps a few weeks ago was when I first heard about it, a few men were seen trampling over age-old geysers. They clearly caused damage by romping about, and now they’re wanted for this crime. Here’s the video of this. After watching that video, take a look at this one where you can truly see the beauty of that landmark how close can you get to grand prismatic spring

Now, today we see an article by IBTIMES.CO.UK about a man who may have fallen into a geyser and Yellowstone. It seems unclear whether he did or did not, but there’s a growing suspicion that he did.

It’s strange to me. How can people have such a great amount of disrespect for National Parks? Do they not see this as a form of property that all of the residents of the United States essentially own and are responsible for? Would they be ok with desecrating a remnant of Lewis & Clark’s expedition?

What’s more concerning is that this may be a cultural thing. Where people believe it’s justified to do these things. Perhaps to show a video to their friends on YouTube. Or to post a cool picture of Facebook.