the majority of deaths related to the elements comes from drunks passing out oblivious to conditions.
That sounds naive. Do you think a homeless alcoholic, in temperatures of minus 20C thinks about alcohol? They do not. They shiver and suffer until they find somewhere to sleep, or they die. The instinct for life-preservation overrides the craving for booze in these conditions.
happily trampling over the poor
Wasn't it Kenneth Clark, the UK Thatcherite ex-minister who referred to the homeless as "Oh, yes, those people one steps over when one leaves the opera"?
Is this a tragedy, or nature's way of removing life's failures from the world?
As you know, of course not.
The guy on the street could be a very bright guy, but certain things happened to him. It could happen to any of us
Ain't that the fkucin truth?
It is basically natural selection... as cruel as it sounds, it's simply true...
What you know about natural selection could be written on the back of a postage stamp that already has the Encyclopaedia Britanica on it.