The Programmer, the Firewall, the numbers, the Cure, and the Infection…
An infection is the result of an infective agent or material entering and contaminating the host. It usually relies on reproduction as a method of spreading pathogens throughout the host.
Its a way to ultimately cause havoc and destruction to the host amongst other things, and can be spread in different manners depending on the ability of the infection itself, and the vulnerability of the host to be…
In the case of Lost, it is known as something that can happen to a dead body that, as far as we know, is left out without care taken to it in the form of burying, burning, and whatever else they have done in a manner of giving the person a rightful end of their life on earth.
Whether it be to protect them in a humane fashion from being eaten alive by boars, to protect themselves from disease and smell of rotten flesh, or to give them a religious like end to their physical existence as we know it…we have seen many bodies be buried and burned on Lost. What many have come to see, is that by doing so, none of the people we know so far have become either infected…If I am missing anyone in any way, let me know…its vital to a view I am having…
With this thought, lets look at the people we know have been infected…Sayid, Claire, and three members of Daniels team. We know Sayid died…many have assumed Claire died…possibly during the freighter teams attack on New Otherton. From what we saw in scenes from Danielles Team becoming infected…its highly possible that they were killed, and then resurrected and infected, only to be killed again by Danielle.
Sayid has died, and through the process of the water, infection, Jacks touch or something else has also been resurrected…and from Dogens words and Sayids actioins as of late…infection is almost definitely the cause…and is the cause of at least his rising insanity.
With their infection, they all seem to have a desire to kill, and they all have some sort of following of the smoke monster/Locke/MIB. That is not to say that MIB is causing/controlling the infected, only that he seemingly is…what is known, is that they are at the very least able to be manipulated easily, and seem to at least forget, if not lose what good is in them. They have desire or need to kill.
And there is one thing we know for sure. There has not been any instance of infection that has been admittingly cured on Lost. Nobody snapped out of it…nobody STOPPED wanting to kill…nobody was given any antibiotics to the infection that we are aware of yet.
Now dont forget about the infection…we will come right back to that.
Richard Alpert was arrested for killing a man while trying to do what was the right thing in my eyes, save his wife.
He was arrested, and brought before a priest and confessed his sins. The priest gave him no remorse, and he was denied the removal of sin. I would like to note, that this is yet another in the continuously growing list of “spiritual” people who helped bring people to the island. Others being Hawking, Brother Campbell, Ekos brother if you want to count him…Achaira, and Richard Malkin…
He was taken before Whitfield, where he was offered the opportunity to live, by going to the ‘new world’…STOP.
Make sure you get the allusion to “Brave New World”. I get the other possible meaning of “New World”…but really think about it…
“Brave New World is a novel by Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Set in the London of AD 2540 (632 A.F. in the book), the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technologyand sleep-learning that combine to change society. The future society is an embodiment of the ideals that form the basis of futurism. Huxley answered this book with a reassessment in an essay, Brave New World Revisited (1958), and with his final work, a novel titled Island (1962),”
Are you with me?
Magnus Hanso is mentioned during the assessment, and Richard is told that he is now Magnus Hansos property. Richard sold himself before he even got on the boat.
With Richards arrival, and the thought of Jacobs words to both Richard and MIB that he brought the ship there…and MIBs seeming assertion, it seems logical to believe that it was Jacobs doing.
Does this confirm an alliance between Jacob and Hanso…or mean Jacob was actually trying to stop the people from getting to Hanso?
Due to the relationship between Hanso and Dharma, it makes sense that Hansos brave new world is the island, and Jacobs is the one who ensures their arrival…could Hanso actually be Jacob?
I believe there is a connection between all of the spiritual related people and being brought to the island. I feel that they took those people there for a reason…either to help Jacob…or help MIB. Now that we know Jacob has brought the ship to the island, and with the thought that the spiritual leaders are helping in the cause…it leads me to believe that they are all doing exactly what Jacob wants them to do…bring not just people, but specific people to the island…maybe for reasons relating to the new world that Magnus Hansos property is scattered throughout later on.
MIB talks to Kate about why he told Claire that the others had her baby…that he needed to give her something to “hate” to fill the void. Why tell her this? He promises everyone else whatever they want, yet tells Claire that the others have Aaron…?
Is this a sick twisted way to show that Jacob is wrong? To show that people will fight, destroy, and corrupt?
He finds the easiest to manipulate on the island and does so to prove Jacob is wrong…
From the transcript to “Ab Aeterno”…
RICHARD: What happened to them?
JACOB: They’re all dead.
RICHARD: But if you brought them here. Why didn’t you help them?
JACOB: Because I wanted them to help themselves. To know the difference between right and wrong without me having to tell them. It’s all meaningless if I have to force them to do anything. Why should I have to step in?
RICHARD: If you don’t, he will.
[Jacob pauses for a moment, taking Richard’s words into consideration.]
Right here…right here is the changing point in the game between Jacob and MIB. Jacob believes he can just allow people to do good, never even taking into account that MIB is there to manipulate at every turn. By Richard saying this, he realizes that if he wants a different ending…if he wants progress…he cannot sit back and allow MIB to get the first turn…half the battle in a good strategy game is going first in my opinion…so what does he do…he goes off island and finds people in their most vulnerable moment, just as MIB said he did to Sawyer. What else is he supposed to do…He already put his faith in without putting a hand in…so now he does. He doesnt hide and manipulate though, he walks right up in plain sight and hands you exactly what you need. For some, they were not meant to get what they really want…destiny is a fickle bitch…some times you lose a loved one, sometimes you lose your sanity. Just because you have what you want and are happy doesnt mean you lived a good life and are a good person.
Jacob brought problem people to the island in a manner to allow them to have their true desires fullfilled…its just that you dont get the greedy happiness to enjoy it. Dogens son can live, but he must never see him again. Sarah is happy, but Jack cannot be with her. Hurley is bad luck to people he is around, so his not being there removes the curse. Im sure there are other examples…
Most importantly, he brought people who dont NEED anything off island anymore. He brought people that have what means most to them in the world…even if it is nothing.
The point is, that these people although are not necessarily bad, were destined to come to the island no matter what, or lose what they truly care about off island, as I feel we will see in the coming weeks in the off island show. They were going to have the ability to choose different paths, light or dark…good or evil…and whether Jacob was going to put his hand in the cookie jar or not, MIB was already one step ahead of him. Whats a guy to do… Ill tell you what, hire an assistant, and step in himself.
I think the infection is a bug that Hanso instilled in the island long ago. Something that is a result of a virus possibly put into effect that cannot take a host until it is completely dead first. Once there is no activity in the brain/body…the infection can begin to consume and spread throughout the body until it reaches the heart, and is then officially sent everywhere, making a person not the same as they were.
I dont think it works as much like a medical virus as it does a computer virus. I think that there are aspects that take control of your body immediately, enabling you to be controlled by whatever action the programmer, who I feel is Magnus Hanso, gives it. Im not saying that everyone is a cyborg, just that the virus acts more in the manner of a computer infection than a virus that makes one sick. It allows the host to continue processing information, but scrambling the signal to make it react in different ways. It tells the host what to do after signals are received, and like a computer virus, it allows the host to accept information as fact or truth rather than what it truly is. It takes away free will, and allows a manipulative virus to infect the body, most likely having someone who told or programmed it to adapt to every situation and person differently.
Ekolocation said something a while back that makes sense…MIB is infected too.
I think this is sort of true. I think he WAS infected…and has found a way to maybe not get rid of the infection, but control it due to the properties and energy of the island. If it does work, act, and even resembles a form of computer infection/virus rather than a medical one…it may explain why the monster is not capable of traveling through the sonar fence…it either blocks, reflects, or disables the electronic signal that is contained inside of MIB and the monster…
I imagine Jacob had a hand in not only the infection, but MIBs mother being infected as well. Take into account that you have to die to become infected, and MIB talked about his crazy mother. It would make some sense that his mother became infected, and if the boy with the bloody hands is Jacob…maybe he killed her…At some point after, MIB dies, becomes infected, and interacts with the properties of the island, and maybe someone or several people from the future, and his infection becomes contained in a way that he is able to control it. I do not believe the wheel would have been there yet…which means maybe just a well full of ‘contaminated’ water.
I could see maybe MIB dying in the well in a time when it still contained water, and could possibly explain things such as Ben summoning him through pulling the plug(cork?) from the muddy pool of water…to why he resides underground and travels through the cerebrus vents…
I feel the infection is not exactly what people think it as in a manner of effects or cure either. I think there is a relationship in some way between the infection and the conscious jumping off island…and how do you stop the brain anyeurisms when the flashing starts…FIND YOUR CONSTANT!!!
I feel the constant is a way to prevent, and possibly cure the infection…What would Claire do on island if Aaron was suddenly presented to her? Im guessing the infection would lose effect. Along with her son, she would get a part of herself back, and her hate would no longer be necessary.
Im guessing if these people are being brought to the island by Jacob, he either feels that they are not bad people that will overcome the odds, never understanding why it didnt work until the conversation between he and Richard regarding his stepping in.
I really am starting to think that maybe the infection is more of a computer virus of sorts, and it is actually a way of the monster fully controlling all who are striken with it. It would be downloaded in a way after their death, and begins to take hold and reproduce very soon after.
If Jacob is helping Hanso, and they were both trying to stop the infection…than maybe Jacobs touch is a sort of firewall that can only be lowered by the manipulative words of MIB…and of course death…
This is a different take on the infection as more of a computer virus than a viral/medical infection, and could mean very different things for not only what the island is, but what and who MIB and Jacob are as well.
I have other thoughts and ideas to add to this, making it make a lot more sense, but am interested in your thoughts before continuing.
Thank you for your time…