"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
I'm not really qualified to judge their spiritual quest, but my hope is that they accept the answer that god / nature / the universe / etc. gave them instead of continuing to be pigheaded about it. What they did took courage but it sounds like they weren't prepared enough and it might be worth considering how well off their kids are.
"All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell [the bible] teaches us how to run all our public policy and everything in society." Rep. Paul Broun (R)
The thing I don't get is: where did they think they were going? Unless they went to some remote island, they would just end up landing in another long-standing civilization with rules, prejudices, etc. You can leave America but you can't leave humanity.