A man searching for the location of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey has been reported missing. Donald Mackenzie, from Stornoway on Lewis, was last in touch with his family on 30 September. Mr Mackenzie, who is in his 40s, was part of a Christian group looking for the site referred to in the biblical story. A friend raised the alarm after he failed to return as expected from a solo expedition on the mountain. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed that Mr Mackenzie had been reported missing.
I sincerely hope he’s ok. But it has to be said, such ‘expeditions’ are simply a fool’s errand. There’s no point in searching for the Ark because 1) it has been ‘found’ so many times, if it is there and is ‘found’, no one will believe it (just as no one believed the boy who cried wolf because he cried wolf all the time). And 2), the manipulators, crooks, thieves, deceivers, and charlatans who arrange such expeditions are pocketing a vast sum of money fleeced from gullible sheep.
If someone, anyone, anywhere, even from a University, asks you for money to fund their expedition, decline- politely or not- or you’ll simply be enabling the emptying of your own pocket and the filling of theirs.