As a kid I remember throwing rocks at abandon school houses and trying to break the windows. I'm thinking there must be something else involved besides being a 12yr old with a group of friends Just looking for something to do.
I sound like an old person I know, but back when I was 10-11-12yrs old we went outside and played all day long. Mostly pick-up games of stick ball, basketball, and football with other kids from my hood. I will admit that when we weren't playing something and got bored, we did other mischievous deeds I'm sure. Looking at it now I would say some of my motivation was peer pressure, immaturity, and in some cases pure ignorance.
My parents tried to instill in me when I was caught doing something wrong, the reason why it was wrong and how it could affect other people. I was also taught to learn from my mistakes, which is why I don't go to abandon buildings and try to break windows anymore.
There were times that we would get caught doing something wrong and another child's parent would let us know loud and clear that it wasn't right. Over the years myself and all my friends grew to understand what was right and what was wrong. Some of them intentionally choose to do bad things when they grew up and paid the price, but they knew where the line was drawn.
With all this in mind why would so many people insist on wrecking a natural wonder? They must of had some interaction with adults to let the know where the line is. I can understand people stealing for their heroin fix or food. There is a need they must fill, it's wrong, but the underlying motivation is clear. I can't figure out what the motivations are for these adults ruining something society has agreed to keep as a shared treasure for everyone. Is it immaturity? ignorance of what they are changing? Some passed down trait to wreck the caveman's camp next door? Help me understand.