The observation temple.
Their is evidence of different cultures having previously existed on the island.Â
We know from Jacob and Mibs conversation that people have been coming here for a long time. The blackrock also provides evidence to support this, although this is not a certified fact.Â
Daniel Faraday believes that the losties Â themselves are the variables.Â
My theory is that people with certain traits, or possibly talents, from each of these cultures have had the ability to either change the outcome of the valzenetti sequence,or more likely alter it just enough to give mankind more time to exist. This is progress. Making fate late.Â
This culture, this time around is more scientifically advanced Â than previous cultures. So much so that it might actually have become aware of this problem of it’s own accord. If this is the case it may have created the loop itself in the hopes of finally solving the equation pernamently.
I think every single flashback or forward has been an alt reality. I have no evidence of this but i would cite the many jobs of John Locke. Its almost as if each time we see in a new job/role he is a slighty different man. Then theres Nadia. Every time we see her there seems to be something different about her. Hated/worshipped in her homeland. Our losties, in one reality or another, have being doing this for a very long time. And every time they have someones been observing.Â
This is where this theory takes two shapes. One scientific, bear in mind I’m Â not a scientist and neither are the shows writers, two religious of a sort. Bear in mind I’m not a theologian.Â
One: the temple has been home to a group of scientists who have been observing the variables. Possibly trying to steer them in the right direction. This group of observers could be from the future, past, or present. If they exist I would bet it’s the future. This could be the answer to the whispers. Imagine the inside of the temple as a science lab with screens upon which the observers gaze. Maybe they saw one of the losties/variables doing something and they were talking about it. Whilst doing so one of them accidently leans on a speaker switch. This then transmits somehow to the outside where the losties hear this as whispers. They might have access from the temples to many alternate realities where they can pluck alternate versions of the losties from or download an alternates memories into someone else. This could be the reason why Richard Alpert told Sawyer that Ben would lose his innocence. How could a child remain innocent knowing that there are multiple versions of himself. This is why Des is unique. Their is only one version of Des, no alternate versions, just one Des who can move between all versions of alternate realities. Or maybe it’s because his conciousness can travel between them all. Â Â
Two: because of the unique properties of the island the temple is a place where you can meet God, whatever God you believed in. Or visit albeit temporarily your idea of the afterlife. How too could a child remain innocent after that experience. Â Â
In either scenario anyone would have to feel superior to other mortals who remained ignorant of this knowledge. I prefer the first scenario. Â