The Light at the End of the Tunnel/Where there’s Smokie, there’s fire (and brimstone)
Couldn’t decide on a theory name, so went with two… sorry about that…
Per usual, this is just a loose compilation of religious/philosophical threads that have been woven together to try to put some sense to the mystery that is Lost…..
Points of interest in this theory:
– Light in the cave
– Water and Fire (and brimstone)
– Smoke and Ashes
Does the Light = Divine Light?
In theology, light or divine light is a term used to refer to an aspect of divine presence, specifically an unknown and mysterious ability of God, angels, or human beings to express themselves communicatively through spiritual means, rather than through physical capacities.
Divine presence, presence of God, or simply presence is a concept in religion, spirituality, and theology that deals with the omnipotent ability of a god and/or gods to be “present” in human beings.
Remember mother’s statements:
– The light in the cave was described by “mother” as: “life, death, and rebirth” and “the source”.
– She says that the reason why they (her and the brothers) are on the island is to protect the light. She tells them that if the light goes out on the Island it goes out everywhere. When she is gone, she says that one of them will have to protect it
From the New Testament, namely John 1:9: “That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” Indicates that every person is born with the Light within him or her.
So — each of us has the presence of God within us, the ‘source’ of Life.
And, evidently, it also exists independently, in this ‘realm’ that is the Island.
Another statement from Mother:
– “everyone has a little of the light in them but they always want more”
Want more what? Of the “source”, of the “divine light”. To become closer to Immortality. To become something beyond the limitations of what humanity is now. To defeat the Valenzetti equation. To get back what was Lost (Immortality) when Adam and Eve bit the apple (before Adam and Eve bit the apple, they were immortal beings).
(btw I believe the island is the lost Garden of Eden per Milton’s Paradise Lost. I also wonder if “Mother” is Eve — the real Eve. And the Light — well, it makes sense to me that it would exist in the place where Man and Woman first existed).
Water and Fire (and brimstone) — another duality in Lost
Water: life, rebirth (Nemesis/Smoke Monster does not like it)
Fire: death (Smoke Monster seems connected to fire).
In the Bible, fire seems (and can have) an ‘evil’ connotation:
Fire and brimstone (or, alternately, brimstone and fire, translated from the Hebrew) are signs of God’s wrath in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the New Testament. In the Bible, they often appear in reference to the fate of the unfaithful.
Fire and brimstone frequently appear as agents of divine wrath throughout the Book of Revelation culminating in chapters 19—21, wherein the devil and the ungodly are cast into a lake of fire and brimstone as an eternal punishment:
Whereas water can have a ‘good’ or ‘salvation’ connotation:
Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament.”
Accordingly, a person who knowingly, willfully and unrepentantly rejects baptism has no hope of salvation.
This teaching is based on Jesus’ words in the Gospel according to John: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.”[Jn 3:5]
Repeat: Unless one if born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.
Interesting. The spirit is the light. But water is also needed — the water of the religion, the ‘holy water’.
Smoke and Ashes
The Smoke Monster is, well, Smoke. Is it a coincidence that fire and water play a fundamental role in Lost, and the Smoke Monster is, well, Smoke?
I think it is connected.
Divine Light may be “Good” at its purest, but when exposed to the flaws of humanity, all Hell breaks loose (literally).
Recall the Fall of Man: after the apple was bitten, immortal Adam and Eve became human and were thrust from the Garden — so they could not despoil the Divine Light?
So — when a flawed human (Jacob’s brother, who has ‘evil’ and ‘good’ within him), touches the source — a reaction. A reaction of fire and water and spirit.
Fire + water + The Source = SMOKE. A tormented, “smoke” soul — Evil Incarnate.
Finally, as a quick add-on — I believe the ashes are also linked to this. The smoke monster cannot pass the ashes. What are they?
I would like to liken them to ashes in the religious sense — ashes that are perhaps blessed or treated with holy water, much like ashes used for Ash Wednesday:
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of repentance. The ashes used are typically gathered after the Palm Crosses from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned. In the liturgical practice of some churches, the ashes are mixed with the Oil of the Catechumens (one of the sacred oils used to anoint those about to be baptized), though some churches use ordinary oil….
The ash, baptized, creates a barrier or sorts….
So — some thoughts to ponder….. all of this, who knows if any of it is right, AND it doesn’t account for the science aspect of everything (such as — the Source has magnetic properties, properties that have opened a Jacob’s Ladder to the spirit world, properties that have allowed the creation of an ALT or, perhaps, the Island itself it the ALT or consciousness…..).
Will be interesting to see what is answered. And what is not!
Thanks for reading.