The bad touch.
There is a concept in theology about man becoming god, the technical term is apotheosis. In different religions and myths down through the years different cultures have used it in story telling. One of the means is where a god hides an inner spark or piece of himself inside a man. This man then goes on, (without the knowledge that he has been used as a host for a god) to usually become rich or powerful by some means. Is this what Jacob has done with his touch on the losties. If so does it mean he is still alive.Â
One of the main themes of lost has been duality. Did Jacob spread himself amongst a select group of people because Mib did the opposite of apotheosis. Maybe Mib, through smokie visited the same losties Jacob did and instead of giving each one of them some of his essence took a piece of their essence.Â
I think that this process is what the rules are about. This would not allow the losties the full use of their free will. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Maybe though this restores a balance and negates Mib’s loophole.Â