Is the ENTIRE show a paradox?
I know, bear with me here. I know many of my paradox paranoia theories have garnered some anger, but this is not just a rat or a compass or a notebook. First of all, I think many people don’t know the full meaning of the word paradox. Yes, a paradox CAN be a situation where the event or statement negates itself. Classic example from Socrates is: “The Cretan man says that all Cretans are liars”. Another classic example is going back in time and killing your own grandfather, or in the Back to the Future I model, accidentally preventing your mother and father from conceiving yourself. Ok, that’s a traditional paradox. But a paradox can also be a situation where an event or statement creates itself. The prime example here would be going back in time and having sex with your grandmother, there-by becoming your own grandfather. It’s called a Predestination Paradox. And the writers are backing themselves into a tight corner of one.
There are two events that happened in The Variable that could very well steer the whole show off of a cliff of impossibility a’la The Twilight Zone.
Event 1: Daniel Faraday telling Dr. Chang about The Incident.
Event 2: Radzinsky freaking out on Daniel, Jack and Kate at the gun cabinet and starting a little gun battle.
IF, and this is only an IF at this point, either of those events (or events we have not yet seen involving ANY of the People From The Future) contributes in ANY way, no matter how small to The Incident or the creation of The Button, then we have a problem. The button is what brought our Losties to The Island, and it’s the single most important thing in the entire show. But if so much a one bad egg in one of Hurley’s sandwiches makes one worker sick and he doesn’t put that one rivet in place, bam, paradox. If a paranoid Radzinsky or Dr. Chang does anything different from the way they planned, bam, paradox.
But what if the show Already is a paradox? I’ve been thinking about Desmond alot lately. Desmond is the man who fails to push the button one day and that causes 815 to crash. It occurs to me that the whole reason Desmond was on that boat sailing around the world to begin with was because of a path in life that was molded by his own time-travelling consciousness. Was he “proving” himself against a disapproving father who witnessed Desmond’s flakey behavior caused by an intruding future consciousness? Or perhaps even because of events that happened to Widmore himself in 1977 after meeting his own son? Was Widmore steering his daughter away from someone by the name of Desmond Hume, the time travellor mentioned in his time travelling dead son’s journal?