Another idea… we could create a chain story: written collectively by us. Take a list of who would be interested in writing new mini-episodes/chapters in the Lost world, and then the submission order. For instance, Admin could get us kicked off, and then Bob, A.E.S., Wolfx, etc., and onwards through the list of interested partipants… each of us writing a section (e.g. mini-episode) that is “handed off” from the previous chapter/mini-episode. Perhaps one every two weeks (or maybe one per month, depending on schedules). This way all are involved… length could be up to the writer, it just has to have a beginning and an end that the next writer can pick up from. And of course elements of the mysterious Lost world…

So, just throwing it out there, I’d be willing to do it if we got interest…
Not sure where we would start off… that could be discussed. Is it 30 years later, and Richard is a Catholic priest? For some inexplicable reason he suddenly feels compelled to return to the island? Or perhaps Aaron, now a grown man, having recently been told the truth of his birth by Claire, sets out on a journey to find this mysterious island, to which he is drawn? Coincidences abound… Or it could be something from the past…. anything, really. The first writer would kick it off and we’d go from there.

Thoughts?

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I believe that the pilot was killed and the others were not harmed for the following combination of reasons:

1. The smoke monster (Man In Black) was seeking people that he could destroy. The opportunity arose with smokey approaching the plane and the individuals inside making themselves known and thus directly exposed to the danger. The pilot became a target when he became visible to the smoke monster, which made its move. The motivation of the smoke monster is part of the “game” between him and Jacob – Jacob’s “guests” are here to prevent smokey from leaving the island, so smoky destorys those that he can, and instills fear and dread in those that he cannot harm via the “rules”.

2. Kate and Jack are not attacked because they cannot be attacked via the “rules” – they are both candidates and thus can only be harmed by accidental death of killing themselves (a plot that smokey ultimately unfolds with the submarine plan).

3. Charlie is not attacked because – IF he is not a candidate, which I will assume here – it is not “his time to die”. One thing to recall is that at the point that the plane crashes, Kate and Jack have already been to the island in terms of a true timeline (they were there in Dharma time – forming future events which include the crash).
Because “whatever happened, happened”, Jack and Kate (and Hugo and others) are destined to go back in time. I think it is reasonable to assume that Charlie is a link to this destined timeline – he has freewill, but he also has a destiny (actually is called predeterminism when someone has freewill but also an ultimate destiny) with the candidates that helps “course correct” them on their journeys. His relationship with them helps forge each of their predetermined paths into the past.

Another way to think of Charlie’s destiny is his impact on Hugo during his life; Hugo, in my opinion, was “fated” to become the island’s keeper. Charlie’s life and death help Hugo become the person he must – the eventual Guardian of the Island. In this way, Charlie was “destined” to guide Hugo on his path, and thus Charlie could not die until it he had fulfilled this destiny.

What is the proof of this?

Charlie’s bond to a predetermined destiny was made clear when his “time to die” had come; this is driven home by Desmond’s attempts to save him which ultimately fail (because they have to).

Not to elaborate too much more, but to clarify the predeterminism that I am referring to: think of a book with a beginning and an end. Charlie can write the book however he wants, but the ending never changes – and along the way, there are likely a few paragraphs that also must appear. Thus he has free will, but also must eventually conform to course correcting and to his ending – the ending of the book. Not everyone in Lost had a “Destiny”, but I believe Charlie did, which was why he was spared in the Pilot – because his life afterwards and eventual death were meaningful to the Fate of the island, and thus the Fate of the world.

Glad to be writing about Lost, Time Travel, Fate and Freewill again!

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The Numbers

It seems like there has been some interest in this area, so I decided to give it a try. This is a tough one to take on, and what is written here is likely just the beginnings of a more sound theory that may come down the road from someone else. Perhaps ideas can be generated from this theory.

The simplest approach I could think of was to break it into questions with categorical answers, and to try to answer those questions in sequential order, thereby trying to arrive at some sort of conclusion. I probably did not choose the most ideal questions, and others should feel free to add those as they see fit.

1st question: Was the appearance of the numbers coincidence/chance or driving force?

Choice: Coincidence or driving force
My Choice: Driving force
Reason 1: mainly due to the sheer volume of appearances
Reason 2: the tie-in of the (non-canonical) Valenzetti equation

Discussion: In my opinion, the main number of appearances of the numbers is far too great to be considered a coincidence. And if it is not a coincidence, that means there must be a driving force behind it. In addition, the Valenzetti equation lends a certain criticality to the numbers by stating that they represent the solution to the equation for the end of humanity. This clue leads me to believe that the numbers are linked to a greater cause in regards to humanity.

2nd question: if driving force is chosen in question #1, what is the purpose of the numbers and did they have an impact on the characters?

Choices:
– Non-impact: Informational only
– Impact: Course correction predestination-based
– Impact: Course correction time travel determinism-based

The meaning behind each of these choices is the following:
Informational only: the appearance of the numbers is not random or coincidence, but there existence has no bearing on the characters; the numbers are there for a reason, and that reason may provoke the curiosity of the characters but it does not influence their decisions and/or actions.
Course correction: the appearance of the numbers is not random or coincidence, and their existence has a bearing on the characters; the numbers are there for a reason, and that reason provides enlightenment, influences the characters, and/or in some way impacts their decisions and actions.
o Predestination-based: the course correction is due to the existence of Fate or Destiny — the end-game is established ahead of time, and all points must lead in that direction
o Time travel determinism based: in the theory of consistent histories or whatever happened, happened, if an individual travels back in time, he/she must perform actions that lead to results that already exist in the future (see my theory “Sundial Park” for more detail)

My choice: Course correction predestination-based

Discussion: Here’s where it really begins to get tricky for me.
(1) I disregard the first option (informational only) because in my opinion the numbers did have an impact on the characters. For example, they were the winning lottery numbers for Hurley, which played a role in his future. Also, the numbers appeared enough times to enough characters that certain individuals (such as Locke and eventually Desmond) believed that they were on the island for a reason — that the evidence was too much in favor of a design than simply chance. Because the characters took on these views, it influenced their actions and decisions.
(2) I disregard the time travel determinism because the numbers do not seem linked to the characters when they went back to Dharma. For example, the Valenzetti equation, which was discovered during the Cold War in the 60s, is pre-time travel (as far as we know based on the one time travel incident we are aware of). There is also no evidence of a link of the character traveling back in time, initiating the numbers, and then going back to the future, thereby creating a determinism factor.
(3) This leaves a predestination-based course correction. But what does that really mean? If everything is fated to occur, what would one need course correction for? That would imply free will, and then a need to course-correct free-will in a certain direction.

And this is where I am going.

Predestination-based course correction (more detail):

In order for predestination-based course correction to even exist, we have to accept the existence of a duality: that free-will and predestination can co-exist. Is this possible?

Milton’s Paradise Lost was referenced several times during Lost. It is well known for its references to The Garden of Eden (which I still believe the island is btw) and the Fall of Man. Another thing is it well known for is its discussion and outlook on free will vs. predestination.

Milton’s take on it is this: humanity has free will, but God is all-knowing at all points in time. So, from an individual’s POV, he or she has the freedom to choose his or her path in life = free will. From God’s POV, who lives outside of time, the “book” of humanity is already written. Every choice already exists, every outcome already exists. Not that God is making the choices, however — but from God’s POV, it’s said and done.

From an excerpt discussing Milton’s Paradise Lost:
Moreover, God declares that humans cannot “justly accuse / Their Maker, or their making, or their fate, / As if predestination overruled / Their will” (iii.112-115) because if predestination could overrule a human’s fate, free will would not exist. God knew that creating puppets on strings would be pointless and free will is necessary for humanity to properly operate. God reaffirms, “Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault” (iii.118), meaning that he knew Adam and Eve would fall from grace, but his knowledge did not affect their decision.

As an example, take the series of Lost. If you owned the DVDs to the entire series, you could put them and watch them at any point you wished. This can be viewed as similar (for example’s sake) to how God would watch humanity’s existence. He can see all points, all times. They don’t have to be in linear order. He can see how humanity ends, how it begins, what choices were made along the way, etc.
As the viewer of the Lost series, you can view Lost in the same fashion, but you are just that — an observer — you cannot make the characters choices for them. That is how Milton viewed God’s role as well: designer of time and space, but then observer of the free-will of man. Because God lives outside the dimension of time and is not bound by it like humanity is, he knows all points in a non-linear fashion, and therefore, at any one point (other than the end), it is pre-destined. It would be like you as a watcher tuning in to Season 4, and then the end of the Series. Everything in-between is driven by free-will of the characters, yet is also predestined from your POV because you know, as a whole, how it will end.

So how to the Numbers fit in?

If the Numbers are truly an indicator of a major milestone in humanity that is pre-destined to occur, whether it be the destruction of humanity, or the possibility of destruction, or what-have-you, then one can argue that the numbers are a natural phenomenon (like gravity so to speak) that act as course correctors to ensure that the end that is pre-destined comes to pass.

What this means to me is that the numbers appear to our Losties because they play such a significant role in humanity’s fate (based on the Valenzetti equation and several remarks regarding how the release of “evil incarnate” will bring about the end of humanity, or as Widmore puts it, “everything you care about will cease to exist”).

In other words, their decisions and actions have such a large impact on how humanity ends up, that they in fact exposed to bits and pieces of fate and determinism, they are “course corrected”, and one of these natural factors is the numbers — and, to clarify, it is not God course correcting, but the space-time system that exists as a singularity, the reality that from a certain vantage point (where time is not linear), the beginning and the end were formed at the same time, and thus, pre-destined.

To get into the weeds a little bit more: a normal individual whose day-to-day decision making will have no impact on the fate of humanity would have no reason to be course corrected towards a pre-destined ending for humanity; but an individual whose sole decision-making may cause the ending of humanity would certainly be influenced by fate if that free-will decision-making was in contrast to the pre-destined ending of humanity.

So — to attempt to summarize this in a fashion that makes at least a little bit of sense:

1. Based on Milton’s Paradise Lost, we have free will but live within a pre-determined destiny (overall to humanity. we can play however we want in the playground (free-will), but recess ends after an hour (predestination)).
2. Decisions and decision makers that can effect the end of the story directly will be course corrected in the direction of the pre-determined destiny even though they do indeed have free will; whereas an individual with no impact on the pre-destined ending will have no reason to be exposed to course correction
3. The numbers are an example of nature’s course correction device, and this is based on the Valenzetti equation which related them to the fate of humanity, and also on the many appearances where they had a direct impact on the characters, many of whom made crucial decisions leading to the continued existence of humanity

Well — I hope that made some sense. And I am sure there are plenty of holes in the theory, but worse-case perhaps it’s a starting point for some discussion. I would have liked to have added more logical examples (such as the Milton’s Paradise Lost) and less speculation; perhaps there is more out there that can be brought up.

Thanks for reading.

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The Numbers

It seems like there has been some interest in this area, so I decided to give it a try. This is a tough one to take on, and what is written here is likely just the beginnings of a more sound theory that may come down the road from someone else. Perhaps ideas can be generated from this theory.

The simplest approach I could think of was to break it into questions with categorical answers, and to try to answer those questions in sequential order, thereby trying to arrive at some sort of conclusion. I probably did not choose the most ideal questions, and others should feel free to add those as they see fit.

1st question: Was the appearance of the numbers coincidence/chance or driving force?

Choice: Coincidence or driving force
My Choice: Driving force
Reason 1: mainly due to the sheer volume of appearances
Reason 2: the tie-in of the (non-canonical) Valenzetti equation

Discussion: In my opinion, the main number of appearances of the numbers is far too great to be considered a coincidence. And if it is not a coincidence, that means there must be a driving force behind it. In addition, the Valenzetti equation lends a certain criticality to the numbers by stating that they represent the solution to the equation for the end of humanity. This clue leads me to believe that the numbers are linked to a greater cause in regards to humanity.

2nd question: if driving force is chosen in question #1, what is the purpose of the numbers and did they have an impact on the characters?

Choices:
– Non-impact: Informational only
– Impact: Course correction predestination-based
– Impact: Course correction time travel determinism-based

The meaning behind each of these choices is the following:
Informational only: the appearance of the numbers is not random or coincidence, but there existence has no bearing on the characters; the numbers are there for a reason, and that reason may provoke the curiosity of the characters but it does not influence their decisions and/or actions.
Course correction: the appearance of the numbers is not random or coincidence, and their existence has a bearing on the characters; the numbers are there for a reason, and that reason provides enlightenment, influences the characters, and/or in some way impacts their decisions and actions.
o Predestination-based: the course correction is due to the existence of Fate or Destiny — the end-game is established ahead of time, and all points must lead in that direction
o Time travel determinism based: in the theory of consistent histories or whatever happened, happened, if an individual travels back in time, he/she must perform actions that lead to results that already exist in the future (see my theory “Sundial Park” for more detail)

My choice: Course correction predestination-based

Discussion: Here’s where it really begins to get tricky for me.
(1) I disregard the first option (informational only) because in my opinion the numbers did have an impact on the characters. For example, they were the winning lottery numbers for Hurley, which played a role in his future. Also, the numbers appeared enough times to enough characters that certain individuals (such as Locke and eventually Desmond) believed that they were on the island for a reason — that the evidence was too much in favor of a design than simply chance. Because the characters took on these views, it influenced their actions and decisions.
(2) I disregard the time travel determinism because the numbers do not seem linked to the characters when they went back to Dharma. For example, the Valenzetti equation, which was discovered during the Cold War in the 60s, is pre-time travel (as far as we know based on the one time travel incident we are aware of). There is also no evidence of a link of the character traveling back in time, initiating the numbers, and then going back to the future, thereby creating a determinism factor.
(3) This leaves a predestination-based course correction. But what does that really mean? If everything is fated to occur, what would one need course correction for? That would imply free will, and then a need to course-correct free-will in a certain direction.

And this is where I am going.

Predestination-based course correction (more detail):

In order for predestination-based course correction to even exist, we have to accept the existence of a duality: that free-will and predestination can co-exist. Is this possible?

Milton’s Paradise Lost was referenced several times during Lost. It is well known for its references to The Garden of Eden (which I still believe the island is btw) and the Fall of Man. Another thing is it well known for is its discussion and outlook on free will vs. predestination.

Milton’s take on it is this: humanity has free will, but God is all-knowing at all points in time. So, from an individual’s POV, he or she has the freedom to choose his or her path in life = free will. From God’s POV, who lives outside of time, the “book” of humanity is already written. Every choice already exists, every outcome already exists. Not that God is making the choices, however — but from God’s POV, it’s said and done.

From an excerpt discussing Milton’s Paradise Lost:
Moreover, God declares that humans cannot “justly accuse / Their Maker, or their making, or their fate, / As if predestination overruled / Their will” (iii.112-115) because if predestination could overrule a human’s fate, free will would not exist. God knew that creating puppets on strings would be pointless and free will is necessary for humanity to properly operate. God reaffirms, “Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault” (iii.118), meaning that he knew Adam and Eve would fall from grace, but his knowledge did not affect their decision.

As an example, take the series of Lost. If you owned the DVDs to the entire series, you could put them and watch them at any point you wished. This can be viewed as similar (for example’s sake) to how God would watch humanity’s existence. He can see all points, all times. They don’t have to be in linear order. He can see how humanity ends, how it begins, what choices were made along the way, etc.
As the viewer of the Lost series, you can view Lost in the same fashion, but you are just that — an observer — you cannot make the characters choices for them. That is how Milton viewed God’s role as well: designer of time and space, but then observer of the free-will of man. Because God lives outside the dimension of time and is not bound by it like humanity is, he knows all points in a non-linear fashion, and therefore, at any one point (other than the end), it is pre-destined. It would be like you as a watcher tuning in to Season 4, and then the end of the Series. Everything in-between is driven by free-will of the characters, yet is also predestined from your POV because you know, as a whole, how it will end.

So how to the Numbers fit in?

If the Numbers are truly an indicator of a major milestone in humanity that is pre-destined to occur, whether it be the destruction of humanity, or the possibility of destruction, or what-have-you, then one can argue that the numbers are a natural phenomenon (like gravity so to speak) that act as course correctors to ensure that the end that is pre-destined comes to pass.

What this means to me is that the numbers appear to our Losties because they play such a significant role in humanity’s fate (based on the Valenzetti equation and several remarks regarding how the release of “evil incarnate” will bring about the end of humanity, or as Widmore puts it, “everything you care about will cease to exist”).

In other words, their decisions and actions have such a large impact on how humanity ends up, that they in fact exposed to bits and pieces of fate and determinism, they are “course corrected”, and one of these natural factors is the numbers — and, to clarify, it is not God course correcting, but the space-time system that exists as a singularity, the reality that from a certain vantage point (where time is not linear), the beginning and the end were formed at the same time, and thus, pre-destined.

To get into the weeds a little bit more: a normal individual whose day-to-day decision making will have no impact on the fate of humanity would have no reason to be course corrected towards a pre-destined ending for humanity; but an individual whose sole decision-making may cause the ending of humanity would certainly be influenced by fate if that free-will decision-making was in contrast to the pre-destined ending of humanity.

So — to attempt to summarize this in a fashion that makes at least a little bit of sense:

1. Based on Milton’s Paradise Lost, we have free will but live within a pre-determined destiny (overall to humanity. we can play however we want in the playground (free-will), but recess ends after an hour (predestination)).
2. Decisions and decision makers that can effect the end of the story directly will be course corrected in the direction of the pre-determined destiny even though they do indeed have free will; whereas an individual with no impact on the pre-destined ending will have no reason to be exposed to course correction
3. The numbers are an example of nature’s course correction device, and this is based on the Valenzetti equation which related them to the fate of humanity, and also on the many appearances where they had a direct impact on the characters, many of whom made crucial decisions leading to the continued existence of humanity

Well — I hope that made some sense. And I am sure there are plenty of holes in the theory, but worse-case perhaps it’s a starting point for some discussion. I would have liked to have added more logical examples (such as the Milton’s Paradise Lost) and less speculation; perhaps there is more out there that can be brought up.

Thanks for reading.

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It is indeed fitting that many of our favorite characters in the Alternate reality will be coming together at a concert in the series finale (per Desmond’s statement). We know that Jack will be there with his son and Claire; and Desmond with Kate, Hurley, and Sayid. I am sure Faraday will be performing, as will Charlie and his band (despite his reluctance). I also expect to see Locke, Jin, Sun, and Sawyer, though by what course corrective force I do not know.

The idea of viewing Lost as a symphony or composition of musical themes is a good way to put it into perspective. One simple definition of a symphony is: a harmonious combination of elements —individual components that are brought together to create music.

What if we think of the Lost characters as the elements of a symphony? As the instruments, the themes, the notes. Each is unique, but together they create the melodies and harmonies of the masterpiece. Without even one of those elements — one instrument, one melody — the symphony would not be the same — indeed, the symphony would probably not exist at all. And if we think of the characters as those elements within the great symphony of Lost — what would it be without Boone, Walt, Aaron, Juliet, Locke, Jack, Kate…?
Each element, each instrument, plays a different role, and that role is of varying significance from one to the next, but without each element, without each instrument, the melody, the harmony, ,and ultimately the masterpiece itself cannot be complete. The symphony or the story — the tale of Lost — could simply not be. And that is truly what Lost means to me.

Along those lines, a few quick thoughts on the concert in the finale:

Specifically speaking, Fantaisie-Impromptu is the piano piece that Faraday has been heard playing on a few occasions (once as a child in the original timeline, and then as an adult in the ALT). Though I cannot know this for certain, I believe it is possible (perhaps even likely) that this will be the piece that Faraday performs at the concert (possibly in conjunction with Drive Shaft).

What interests me about this piece and the concert in general is the following:

Fantaisie-Impromptu, by Chopin, is a wonderful piece that is famous for its cross-rhythm. (Cross-rhythm is a rhythm in which the regular pattern of accents of the prevailing meter is contradicted by a conflicting pattern; the meter of the piece is in a permanent state of contradiction). In Fantaisie-Impromptu, Chopin uses many cross-rhythms (the right hand plays sixteenth notes against the left hand playing triplets)

Another way to view cross-rhythm is as a duality in music — two states existing in one, creating the piece as a whole. In terms of Lost, it is quite fitting — one final duality….

Since it is possible that all of the ALT characters will be present at the concert, it seems likely to me that this place and this moment will be crucial to the finale, and certainly to Desmond’s plan — his drive to ‘expose’ the truth of their existence in the ALT, to make them all aware of the original timeline reality and of their lives and purposes there; and, of course, of their purposes in the alternate reality.

And it seems only fitting that Daniel Faraday will be playing a critical role.

Faraday, the man behind the idea of the H-bomb — the man with the brain power to be a world class physicist and a famous classical musician. The man who ‘ignited’ the ALT by exploding the bomb — the energy of which sank the island and sparked the alternate reality (because the island could not sink in the original timeline due to consistent histories, and the energy had to go somewhere, thus the Alternate or Consciousness Reality).

Is it possible that Faraday that will now do the ‘mirror-image’ of what was done with the H-bomb? Will he open the consciousness portal of the true reality to the ALT Losties through the final duality in Lost, the musical masterpiece of the Fantaisie-Impromptu? First, he did it as a physicist. Now, will he do it as a musician?

If the ALT is truly a consciousness reality, Desmond (and now Hurley, and perhaps even Ben) have ‘awoken’ as one does in a Lucid Dream.

Wiki: A lucid dream is a dream in which the sleeper is aware that he or she is dreaming. When the dreamer is lucid, he or she can actively participate in and often manipulate the imaginary experiences in the dream environment. Lucid dreams can seem extremely real and vivid depending on a person’s level of self-awareness during the lucid dream.

(by the way – I do not think the ALT is simply a dream, but along the lines of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, I do believe it is a real existence but one of consciousness).

Perhaps what Desmond needs to happen for everyone is for them to become self-aware — to become in tune with both realities. It is the only way he can convince them then to do whatever it is they must do to stop the Smoke Monster….

From a statement on Lucid Dreaming:

o There are endless amounts of methods and techniques used to induce lucid dreams. While there are many pills and other one-step methods claiming to instantly induce them, it is widely believed that no technique works better than music.

It may not be the music itself, but I believe it will play a role in whatever critical event occurs at the concert… though, of course, I have no way of knowing, and, admittedly, my theories are never quite as accurate as I like…

In any case — I am looking forward to the finale and the forthcoming answers to many of our questions! (not answers to all – but to many)

I hope to write again after the finale, but this will most likely be my last theory before the series end (unless I have a sudden brainstorm very soon), so thanks to all who have taken the time to read and comment on my theories, and thanks even more for posting such great theories of your own, some of which amazed me with the insight, and from which I was able to build my own ideas and thoughts…..

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Closing in on some final thoughts (trying to squeeze this in before the next episode):

– Senet and Backgammon
– Through the Looking Glass and The Music Box
– The Dream of the Red King

Senet and Backgammon:

Senet — the object of the game is to get your pieces off the board
Backgammon — the object of the game is to get your pieces off the board

Backgammon — Walt and Locke
Senet — Jacob and Jacob’s brother

The object of the ‘game’ on the Island: to get the candidates off the board (to kill them)
The Smoke Monster: eliminate the 6 candidates in the current timeline
Jacob: eliminate the 6 candidates in the alternate timeline

Seems a bit dark — Jacob eliminating the candidates? Not that it would be by his hand. But to put it in context:

What if the Smoke Monster wins, and he becomes free of space and time, and travels to the ALT (a mirror-image reality, a reality of consciousness), and takes the Light with him? The current reality ceases to exist. Or, perhaps both realities cease to exist, leaving only whatever existed before the Divine Light.

If Jacob wins (or whomever the sixth candidate is), the Light is protected, Life is protected.

And in order for Jacob’s side to win, the candidates in the ALT must become conscious of what is going on — of what their sacrifice would mean to the continuation of life. This may be the end that Desmond is working towards.

Through the Looking Glass:

The ALT has always seemed like a mirror-image, a duality to the current reality, a “consciousness reality”, a “Through The Looking Glass” reality.

Lewis Carroll is referenced countless times in Lost (white rabbits, the Looking Glass station, etc. — check Lostpedia for more) — so I believe the concept of “Through the Looking Glass” is key to the final moments in Lost.

Mirrors have played a role of late: the Lighthouse is a good example. And more recently, the Music Box.

When Claire opens the Music Box, we hear the song that has represented both Aaron and The Smoke Monster at various times. We see Claire’s reflection in a mirror. If we think about “Through the Looking Glass”, are we seeing:

– the reflection of Claire, who is the mother of Aaron, but hearing the music representing the Smoke Monster — in the ALT, is Aaron the vessel that the Smoke Monster will enter the ALT through, thereby causing space/time devastation? Aaron, born on the island, perhaps marked by the Divine Light, a soul that the Smoke Monster can use once the ‘game is won’. And reality as we know it…?

The Dream of the Red King:

A final thought relevant to “Through the Looking Glass”
(Wikipedia): The Red King is a character who appears in Lewis Carroll’s fantasy story Through the Looking-Glass….when Alice first meets him he is fast asleep (“fit to snore his head off”, as Tweedledum says). During this time, Tweedledum and Tweedledee state that if she is part of the Red King’s dream, as they suspect, then she will “go out–bang!–like a candle” when he wakes….
The match ends by Alice’s checkmating of the king, an action coincident with the taking of the Red Queen.

Alice immediately wakes up, no longer in the realm of Through the Looking Glass. Alice acknowledges that the Red King had, after all, been asleep throughout the whole game, and is left wondering whether the whole experience was her dream, or his.
So — not to say it’s all a dream — but if we use this as a clue, the reality ‘disappears’ when the game is up…. Perhaps a clue…..

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Up until recently I did not think that the Smoke Monster existed before Jacob’s brother entered the cave. I thought that Jacob’s brother ‘created’ the Smoke Monster when he entered the cave, but now I think the Smoke Monster was ‘freed’ by that act instead:

There are two small clues that the Smoke Monster did indeed exist before ‘Across the Sea’. I may have interpreted the clues incorrectly, and am posting to get opinions.

Clue #1: The game Senet, which is what Jacob’s brother “finds”, is an Egyptian game that traces back to 3000 B.C. The villagers in ‘Across the Sea’, based on the dagger that Jacob’s brother inherits from them, are of Roman descent in the time period of 0-100 AD or so.
-The knife is a pugio, a military dagger used as a sidearm by Roman legionaries. On the sheath, it depicts the Roman she-wolf suckling Remus and Romulus.

So — a time gap of distance BC to 0-100 AD. Quite a stretch between the two.
Even with the strange goings-on in terms of time bending and the like around the island, I think it is rather unlikely that a very old game would naturally be ‘found’ on the beach. The discovery in fact seemed staged (by Mother).
Also — it is possible that the game, like chess, was still in practice/existence, and in the possession of someone from the Roman village. But I don’t think so — it strikes me as something that does not belong in the ‘Across the Sea’ timeframe.

So where did it come from? I think it came from the Egyptian part of the island: the statue, the temple — all of which exist on the island in the time period of ‘Across the Sea’ but are likely abandoned and overgrown.

Clue #2: In the temple catacombs, there is a depiction of the smoke monster facing the Egyptian deity Anubis. If these hieroglyphics are authentic, then they must date back to BC times — far before the ‘Roman’ villagers and Jacob and his brother came to the island! Therefore, the Smoke Monster did indeed exist before Jacob’s brother entered the cave….

Now, I realize time travel could be one way to argue against this, or even time bending. My argument against time travel is the following: the time travel that takes place in Lost is based on the “Consistent Histories” property (described by Stephen Hawkings in his book A Brief History in Time). Based on that, if time travel to the past occurs, whatever happens must fit into the model of the present. So, if Jacob somehow time traveled after ‘Across the Sea’ back to 3000 BC and summoned Egyptians to the island and they built the statue, etc., everything that they build would ALREADY EXIST in the ‘Across the Sea’ time, because, based on Consistent Histories, what happened, happened. Time travel to the past does not change that.

So — I don’t think time travel was involved, or time bending. I think this was a straight timeline. I think the Egyptians came to the Island first and, in fact, may have even been Mother’s people (the descendants of Adam and Eve are Egyptian — I say that because I believe Mother may possibly be Eve).

Therefore, I think the Egyptian structures are present in ‘Across the Sea’, we just don’t see them. The island is a big place, after all.

It fits into the Senet game as well. Where else do you find an Egyptian game from 3000-2000BC on the island? I think it is likely that Mother either had the game herself, having kept it from the time when she was among the Egyptians, or she goes over there, gets the Senet game, and places it on the beach for Jacob’s brother to find (for motives of her own).

Now, to clarify something (in my own mind). I believe the Smoke Monster existed before Jacob and Jacob’s brother due to the clues above. However, I do not think the Smoke Monster is a servant to anyone, including Mother. I think it is trapped — as Evil Incarnate, it may be a Fallen Angel, Satan, lost souls — I’m not sure what, but with all the chains rattling about as it moves (read that from a recent theory — nice observation by the writer) — it does make it seem like a prisoner.

Why a prisoner in the Light? I’m not sure. But, if the Divine Light is made up of Fire and Water (see I recent theory I wrote about that), Smoke (Monster) and Ash (the ward of Smoke Monster) are byproducts — all of which are symbolic in Lost and fit together.

To include a quick example of why I think the Smoke Monster is independent of Mother: I do not think Mother used the Smoke Monster to destroy the village. I think it was an electromagnetic event from the well (that Jacob’s brother and the villagers dug, where the donkey wheel was).
The electromagnetic event burned the village and those in it just like a similar event burned Widmore’s man in the cabin meant to test Desmond.
I site this example to clarify that Mother is against the Smoke Monster — she is holding it at bay. Jacob is supposed to do the same, but frees it unintentionally from the cave when he sends his brother into the Divine Light, which is not meant for mortals… perhaps the Smoke Monster is freed because it grabs a soul that allows it to escape, or Jacob’s Brother’s soul is “trapped” in place of the Smoke Monster…some kind of swap….

More on Mother’s role before the brothers’ arrival: The Egyptians knew about her as evidenced in the hieroglyphics. Mother appears to be Anubis (figuratively); sitting across from the Smoke Monster in the hieroglyphics, she is in the way of the Smoke Monster, i.e. not allowing the Smoke Monster freedom to move on; and my guess is each candidate after her (Jacob, and Jacob’s replacement) are meant to take the ‘role’ of Anubis. A protector of the Divine Light, a protector of the Afterlife.

So — Mother knew of the Egyptians when they were on the island. And they knew about her and the Smoke Monster. Mother said something in the episode about humans, how they are all corrupt, and that it always ends the same with them. This would mean that she would have experience with humanity, and perhaps the Egyptians on the Island were one of these experiences that made her so bitter.

Most likely, something happened to the Egyptians that caused their destruction, just like with the Roman villagers, and the cycle continued…

This is a pretty long theory based on only a few clues…but, it’s rare that we get more than a few clues at a time!

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Couldn’t come up with one name for the theory, so put 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

Light:
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.”[16]

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[1] (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!

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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

Light:
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.”[16]

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[1] (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.

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I’d like to give my view on the consistent histories theory of time travel that is occurring in Lost, and why Ben can’t kill Widmore (and a few other similar cases).

First off, a definition of the consistent histories theory from Stephen Hawkings’ book:
The consistent histories approach basically states that you could not go back in time unless history showed that you had already arrived in the past and not committed any acts that would conflict with your current situation in the present.

Ok — so what that means to me is, if you go back in time and do something, the result(s) of your action(s) will be apparent in the present time you left from, even before you left on your time travel expedition.
AND
You MUST perform these actions, because the timeline demands it.

The Sundial Park example:
So, as an example, let’s say in Sundial Park there is a small manmade pond that has been there for many years. In 1975, a girl named Joan, 10 years old, is climbing an old oak in Sundial Park and falls. She lands unharmed in the pond.

Jump to 2005. Joan learns a highly specialized field of study in genetics and botany from the foremost expert in the field, her 50 year old mentor, Dr. Green. The field of study is genetic manipulation of certain types of plants. Joan is 30.

Jump to 2006. Joan’s boss Mr. Morris buys Sundial Park and closes it to the public. In 2007, Mr. Morris sends Joan alone to a secret dig site in Sundial Park to excavate valuable minerals containing unique plant fossils. While there, Joan strikes a pocket of electromagnetism that sends her back to 1850. She is in the same physical location (Sundial Park), but it is a complete wilderness. Luckily, she has tools with her (guess they came along), including a saw and shovel.

Joan cuts down trees and digs a foundation for a log cabin to protect her from the elements. During this time, Joan spots a rare plant with potential curative properties. However, this plant is dying of a fungus disease. It is the last plant of its kind. Utilizing her skills learned from Dr. Green’s mentoring, Joan spends 2 years cultivating another strand of the plant that is immune to the fungus. She succeeds and starts a small garden of these plants.

Then, in 1852, while digging, she strikes another pocket of electromagnetism that sends her back to 2007.

Between 1852 and 1900, her cabin deteriorates and disappears altogether, but the hole remains, becoming the man-made pond in Sundial Park that will save her life when she is 10 years old.

The plant she saved is discovered in 1920 during the opening of Sundial Park and the plant’s properties are used to cure several diseases and save hundreds of thousands of lives across the globe between 1925-1930. It is utilized as a preventive treatment for 50 years more until a synthetic replaces it.

So what does this mean and how does it relate to Lost? Determinism.

Expanding on the same example.

There are several things that must occur for Joan to save the plant from the fungus and build the garden so it can be discovered and thereby save hundreds of thousands of lives

– she must go back in time and find the plant before it dies off
– she must have genetics training from Dr. Green
– she must go back in time and create the hole that will eventually become the pond that saves her life from the fall from the oak
– Mr. Morris must buy the Sundial Park and close it to the public
– Joan must be sent to the secret excavation site by Mr. Morris

Now, with all of this in mind — the lives of those saved by Joan’s actions have already been saved. What happened, happened. There is no changing that. Those people survived because of the genetically modified plant, and their kin were born and lived and did things in the world, etc.

So — let’s see how the “time loop” affects the “constants” in the Sundial Park example:

Dr. Green:
In 1990, Dr. Green, who is depressed, tries to shoot himself. He has the freewill to make this choice. But the gun does not go off. Even after several tries. He tried to jump off a bridge, but there is a car accident beside him that stops him from jumping.

WHY?

Because Dr. Green cannot die — not until he trains Joan in 2005. What happened, happened.

Mr. Morris:
In 1995, Mr. Morris betrays his associates. In retaliation, they attempt to kill him. Every attempt fails, regardless of how perfect the plan is. Something always goes wrong. Mr. Morris seems invincible.

WHY?

Because Mr. Morris must buy Sundial Park in 2006 and he must send Joan to excavate in 2007. He has to be alive for that. Until then, what happened, happened.
After 2007, all bets are off for Mr. Morris.

RELATE THIS TO LOST:

So to close the loop and relate this to Lost:

Think of Dr. Green as Michael.
In terms of Michael: he could not kill himself until the island was “done with him”. Using the example above, he had to fulfill his role in the time loop before he could die.

The same is for Jack (trying to jump of the bridge). Until the island is done with him (until his role in Whatever Happened, Happened is complete), he cannot die.

Think of Mr. Morris as Widmore:
In terms of Widmore — for some reason, perhaps a betrayal by Widmore — Ben probably tried to kill him on the island but could not succeed. Eventually he and Richard realized what was going on, and excommunicated Widmore from the Others and sent him off the island. This is why Ben makes the statement to Widmore “I can’t kill you”. At that time, Widmore had not finished his role in Whatever Happened, Happened, so he couldn’t (can’t) die. Yet.

I like to think of it as a rope with knots in it where the rope represents linear time and the knot the binding event for the relevant character. Each character that is a constant in the time loop is bound by certain restrictions. Michael was bound until he did whatever it was he had to do, and then it was OK for him to die. So on the rope, he reached his ‘knot’ in time, and then was released from Determinism and was free. Unfortunately for him, this meant a quick death.

Finally — does this theory play into Jacob and Nemesis not being able to kill each other? It may, but I’m not sure how. Their relationship seems more complicated….

I realize there may be gaps in the details, but hopefully the overall holds up. And hopefully I got all the dates straight in my example, it’s a little late at night to review this in detail…

If you are interested in how I think the ALT fits into this, I wrote a recent theory on that (Duality — a few days ago)…

And the beauty of this is: once again, Lost pulls of the duality theme. They have free will and determinism in existence at the same time.

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Duality, Dreams, the Candidates and the nature of the ALT

I’m not saying that the “ALT” is a dream — but you may want to read on….

Part I: Duality

Let’s start with a look at duality. Below are three definitions for duality — one in general terms, one as it relates to physics, and one as it relates to philosophy. Each is followed by an example (or two) in relation to Lost:

Duality (general): dichotomy: being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts.
Lost Example: good vs. evil, science vs. faith.

Duality (physics): the property of matter and electromagnetic radiation that is characterized by the fact that some properties can be explained best by wave theory and others by particle theory
Lost Example: this is the theoretical basis of the unique physical properties of the island that allow time travel, etc. (see my theory “Hawking’s Imaginary Voyage” and others).

Duality (philosophy): The concept that our mind has a non-material, spiritual dimension that includes consciousness and possibly an eternal attribute and is separate from our physical being.
Lost Example: the ‘real’ spirits (not Nemesis faking it), Jacob’s ladder, the ‘alternate reality’ — more below…

I think we can all agree that duality is a major theme in Lost, and as is briefly mentioned above, it covers several critical aspects of the show. Fundamentally, duality has helped theorize the island’s physical properties. I also believe it can be used to help theorize the nature of the alternate reality.

Part II: Jacob (of the Bible)’s Dream

Right off the bat, spirits and dreaming have a common point relative to Lost: Jacob’s ladder. Many believe (including me) that Jacob’s name is in reference to Jacob’s ladder, a gateway to the spirit world, and that Lost (which I believe is Lost Eden, but that is a different theory) provides a unique gateway to the spirit world.

So what is the connection to spirits and dreaming?:

Jacob’s ladder: Book of Genesis (28:11—19): “And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!”

The relevance of Jacob’s ladder to dreams is this: Jacob’s ladder was revealed to Jacob in a dream. The spirits that he saw “ascending and descending” were seen by him while dreaming. Important?

As I stated, Jacob’s ladder is the figurative gateway in Lost that the spirits travel through when they visit the island — the free spirits, that is (not like Michael, who seems to be trapped like Nemesis) — spirit’s like Richard’s wife and so on.

So — if we take literally the story of Jacob (the Bible version of him) and that he saw the angels/spirits in a dream, then we can state that spirits can be seen and met in a ‘dream state’.

Using the “duality philosophy” mentioned above, the dream state can actually be considered a “reality”. Per the definition, consciousness is separate from the physical being. This consciousness resides elsewhere, in another reality.

This consciousness is also what lives on after the physical body perishes. So, the spirit of Michael is the consciousness of Michael. Same with Richard’s wife, and the other ‘real’ spirits that have been encountered on the island — they are the consciousness that live on, that have been “judged” based on their actions while living, and they reside in a different state of being, but are encountered in the “crossover” realm of the island.

But — spirits are not encountered by everyone. Recall, not everyone can see them.

Part III: Jacob’s Candidates

This will be short because I don’t have a strong theory here, just an observation. Jacob’s candidates are special. Why? I don’t know. However, one thing that they some seem to have in common (at least the finalists) is their ability to see spirits.

So it seems one criterion for the finalists may be this ‘ability’ to commune with spirits. Someone like Jack or Sawyer can see them (Jack’s father, the ‘boy’ that appears before Nemesis) but Hurley seems to take it to another level — they seem drawn to him and vice versa.

What I think this means is the following: if they can ‘see’ spirits, then they can ‘see’ or are aware of the dream state the spirits exist in.

Part IV: Alternate Reality

Final part of this theory.

In the Bible and other sacred scriptures, the term “death” and “sleep” are used interchangeably (change “death” to “spirit world”). Sleep has traditionally been called “death’s sister.” Scholars believe that the Book of Revelation is an account of a dream or a series of dream by John the Revelator. The reason it is believed to be a dream is because the symbolism found in the Book of Revelation is remarkably similar to the prophetic dream symbology of the prophet Daniel in the Book of Daniel (from a website on dreaming).

Now — I am not saying everyone is asleep and is about to wake up. Just want to clarify that.

However, I do believe there is a state of existence where the spirits reside (heaven, for instance). This state of existence is connected to the physical world through the anomaly of the Island (through Jacob’s ladder).

In the world, there are special individuals. Desmond and Ms Hawking are examples of this due to their ability to travel in their minds through imaginary space-time (see Hawking’s Imaginary Journey).

The candidates are also special. They are somehow connected to the spirit world (based on the fact they can see spirits and others cannot).

So: the alternate reality.

The hydrogen bomb explodes. The explosion is slower than the electromagnetism that is released by the explosion, thus the energy is released elsewhere and it does destroy the island or kill Jack et al in the current timeline. They are “flashed” back to the present.

We know that time travel in Lost is the “consistent histories” kind, meaning that you cannot go back in time unless history shows that you had already arrived in the past and not committed any acts that would conflict with your current situation in the present. (This is based on the fact that everything they did in Dharma was captured in the present time.)

So the explosion does not change the past, present, or future of the current reality.
Instead, I believe that a “potential” world (not the many worlds theory, where alternate realities exist) came into being. How?

The candidates “turned it on” (sort of like turning a light on in a dark room) when they were hit with the electromagnetic flash. Their physical forms went to the present, and their consciousness (remember duality) flashed into the ALT. This ALT had to exist, because the bomb went off, and the island sank, but it exists in this form because of the time travel law of consistent histories.

And what is the ALT? It is another medium, another Jacob’s ladder sort of existence. It is real, but not physically real. It is imaginary, which is why Desmond and Ms Hawking can reach it through their abilities. Spirits can enter it, which is why we see living and presently deceased people, though they are all restricted by the ‘physical memories’ which resided in their physical memories (even in the ALT), which is why Charlie does not know that he is dead, etc.

Also, because this is a ‘dream state’, individuals like Jack’s son can exist. Jack’s son is real in the sense of a dream — what I mean by that is the ALT does not create new consciousnesses, but beings exist much as they would in a dream.

Think about some of the clues in the ALT that make it seem like a dream — the inconsistencies in what people are wearing from one scene to the next (Desmond’s suit changed from the plane to the airport), Desmond’s wedding ring (he has one, he doesn’t have one), Jack’s scar on the wrong side in the mirror, the fact that Sun and Locke get to the hospital at the same time even though time must have transpired differently for each of them for that to happen, the ‘bleeding’ of real world memories into the ALT….

To clarify — I don’t think it will be as simple as the Losties waking up and the ALT disappearing. They are awake AND their consciousnesses exist in the ALT. The ALT is a real place, just not like we are used to.

And I do think it is the loophole that Nemesis has been after. With the help of the candidates, he has created a way off the island — and a way back into the spirit world that is now not guarded (“we’ll all go to hell” was what Richard’s wife said — maybe this is because evil incarnate (Satan) can now get into heaven and restart the war).

And I think this is where Nemesis wants to go, and for the ALT to continue to exist, he has to take the physical forms of the “dreamers” (candidates) with him so they cannot “awaken”.

One last thought. What does “awaken” mean? I’m not exactly sure, but I feel as if only one existence can last. Nemesis wants it to be the ALT. Desmond is doing what he can to “wake up” the candidates in the ALT and thereby (just like in Quantum Physics) create an observation by the observer that leads to one reality (hopefully the real reality)… to create a Lucid Dream scenario.

The Lucid dream is when you suddenly realize you are dreaming. One way that this occurs can be reading. Many people cannot read in their dreams, or when they do, the letters get jumbled and move around, etc…and occasionally this causes the dreamer to realize it is a dream and not real.

So if the candidates were to see the manifest — to read it… would that be enough? If there something additionally important about the manifest, something they would search it for, and yet not be able to, because, as real as it seems, this is still a dream? Other individuals can read and not affect the reality, like Linus. And at some point, if this reality becomes the ‘real’ reality, perhaps even the candidates can too. But while the ALT is in this transitional phase, perhaps this is one way to create lucidity?

And was that why Ms Hawking’s told Desmond he was not ready to see the list?
(I do realize he saw Faraday’s journal, but he barely glanced at it — maybe not enough to make him realize at that moment, but it was not long after anyhow)…

That last bit about reading is certainly a stretch (most of the theory may be — but that’s why it’s a theory!)…

So I’m sure there are many gaps in this theory, but hopefully some of it holds together.

Thanks for sticking with it….

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I’m not saying that the “ALT” is a dream — but you may want to read on….

Part I: Duality

Let’s start with a look at duality. Below are three definitions for duality — one in general terms, one as it relates to physics, and one as it relates to philosophy. Each is followed by an example (or two) in relation to Lost:

Duality (general): dichotomy: being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts.
Lost Example: good vs. evil, science vs. faith.

Duality (physics): the property of matter and electromagnetic radiation that is characterized by the fact that some properties can be explained best by wave theory and others by particle theory
Lost Example: this is the theoretical basis of the unique physical properties of the island that allow time travel, etc. (see my theory “Hawking’s Imaginary Voyage” and others).

Duality (philosophy): The concept that our mind has a non-material, spiritual dimension that includes consciousness and possibly an eternal attribute and is separate from our physical being.
Lost Example: the ‘real’ spirits (not Nemesis faking it), Jacob’s ladder, the ‘alternate reality’ — more below…

I think we can all agree that duality is a major theme in Lost, and as is briefly mentioned above, it covers several critical aspects of the show. Fundamentally, duality has helped theorize the island’s physical properties. I also believe it can be used to help theorize the nature of the alternate reality.

Part II: Jacob (of the Bible)’s Dream

Right off the bat, spirits and dreaming have a common point relative to Lost: Jacob’s ladder. Many believe (including me) that Jacob’s name is in reference to Jacob’s ladder, a gateway to the spirit world, and that Lost (which I believe is Lost Eden, but that is a different theory) provides a unique gateway to the spirit world.

So what is the connection to spirits and dreaming?:

Jacob’s ladder: Book of Genesis (28:11—19): “And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!”

The relevance of Jacob’s ladder to dreams is this: Jacob’s ladder was revealed to Jacob in a dream. The spirits that he saw “ascending and descending” were seen by him while dreaming. Important?

As I stated, Jacob’s ladder is the figurative gateway in Lost that the spirits travel through when they visit the island — the free spirits, that is (not like Michael, who seems to be trapped like Nemesis) — spirit’s like Richard’s wife and so on.

So — if we take literally the story of Jacob (the Bible version of him) and that he saw the angels/spirits in a dream, then we can state that spirits can be seen and met in a ‘dream state’.

Using the “duality philosophy” mentioned above, the dream state can actually be considered a “reality”. Per the definition, consciousness is separate from the physical being. This consciousness resides elsewhere, in another reality.

This consciousness is also what lives on after the physical body perishes. So, the spirit of Michael is the consciousness of Michael. Same with Richard’s wife, and the other ‘real’ spirits that have been encountered on the island — they are the consciousness that live on, that have been “judged” based on their actions while living, and they reside in a different state of being, but are encountered in the “crossover” realm of the island.

But — spirits are not encountered by everyone. Recall, not everyone can see them.

Part III: Jacob’s Candidates

This will be short because I don’t have a strong theory here, just an observation. Jacob’s candidates are special. Why? I don’t know. However, one thing that they some seem to have in common (at least the finalists) is their ability to see spirits.

So it seems one criterion for the finalists may be this ‘ability’ to commune with spirits. Someone like Jack or Sawyer can see them (Jack’s father, the ‘boy’ that appears before Nemesis) but Hurley seems to take it to another level — they seem drawn to him and vice versa.

What I think this means is the following: if they can ‘see’ spirits, then they can ‘see’ or are aware of the dream state the spirits exist in.

Part IV: Alternate Reality

Final part of this theory (hope you’re still going).

In the Bible and other sacred scriptures, the term “death” and “sleep” are used interchangeably (change “death” to “spirit world”). Sleep has traditionally been called “death’s sister.” Scholars believe that the Book of Revelation is an account of a dream or a series of dream by John the Revelator. The reason it is believed to be a dream is because the symbolism found in the Book of Revelation is remarkably similar to the prophetic dream symbology of the prophet Daniel in the Book of Daniel (from a website on dreaming).

Now — I am not saying everyone is asleep and is about to wake up. Just want to clarify that.

However, I do believe there is a state of existence where the spirits reside (heaven, for instance). This state of existence is connected to the physical world through the anomaly of the Island (through Jacob’s ladder).

In the world, there are special individuals. Desmond and Ms Hawking are examples of this due to their ability to travel in their minds through imaginary space-time (see Hawking’s Imaginary Journey).

The candidates are also special. They are somehow connected to the spirit world (based on the fact they can see spirits and others cannot).

So: the alternate reality.

The hydrogen bomb explodes. The explosion is slower than the electromagnetism that is released by the explosion, thus the energy is released elsewhere and it does destroy the island or kill Jack et al in the current timeline. They are “flashed” back to the present

We know that time travel in Lost is the “consistent histories” kind, meaning that you cannot go back in time unless history shows that you had already arrived in the past and not committed any acts that would conflict with your current situation in the present. (This is based on the fact that everything they did in Dharma was captured in the present time.)

So the explosion does not change the past, present, or future of the current reality.
Instead, I believe that a “potential” world (not the many worlds theory, where alternate realities exist) came into being. How?

The candidates “turned it on” (sort of like turning a light on in a dark room) when they were hit with the electromagnetic flash. Their physical forms went to the present, and their consciousness (remember duality) flashed into the ALT. This ALT had to exist, because the bomb went off, and the island sank, but it exists in this form because of the time travel law of consistent histories.

And what is the ALT? It is another medium, another Jacob’s ladder sort of existence. It is real, but not physically real. It is imaginary, which is why Desmond and Ms Hawking can reach it through their abilities. Spirits can enter it, which is why we see living and presently deceased people, though they are all restricted by the ‘physical memories’ which resided in their physical memories (even in the ALT), which is why Charlie does not know that he is dead, etc.

Also, because this is a ‘dream state’, individuals like Jack’s son can exist. Jack’s son is real in the sense of a dream — what I mean by that is the ALT does not create new consciousnesses, but beings exist much as they would in a dream.

Think about some of the clues in the ALT that make it seem like a dream — the inconsistencies in what people are wearing from one scene to the next (Desmond’s suit changed from the plane to the airport), Desmond’s wedding ring (he has one, he doesn’t have one), Jack’s scar on the wrong side in the mirror, the fact that Sun and Locke get to the hospital at the same time even though time must have transpired differently for each of them for that to happen, the ‘bleeding’ of real world memories into the ALT….

To clarify — I don’t think it will be as simple as the Losties waking up and the ALT disappearing. They are awake AND their consciousnesses exist in the ALT. The ALT is a real place, just not like we are used to.

And I do think it is the loophole that Nemesis has been after. With the help of the candidates, he has created a way off the island — and a way back into the spirit world that is now not guarded (“we’ll all go to hell” was what Richard’s wife said — maybe this is because evil incarnate (Satan) can now get into heaven and restart the war).

And I think this is where Nemesis wants to go, and for the ALT to continue to exist, he has to take the physical forms of the “dreamers” (candidates) with him so they cannot “awaken”.

One last thought. What does “awaken” mean? I’m not exactly sure, but I feel as if only one existence can last. By the law of quantum physics, only one will last at the point of observation. This is a current “unstable” moment.
Nemesis wants the ALT to be the successful reality. Desmond is doing what he can to “wake up” the candidates in the ALT and thereby (just like in Quantum Physics) create an observation by the observer that leads (hopefully) to the sole existance of the real reality.

Desmond needs to create a Lucid Dream scenario.

The Lucid dream is when you suddenly realize you are dreaming. One way that this occurs can be reading. Many people cannot read in their dreams, or when they do, the letters get jumbled and move around, etc…and occasionally this causes the dreamer to realize it is a dream and not real.

So if the candidates were to see the manifest — to read it… would that be enough? If there something additionally important about the manifest, something they would search it for, and yet not be able to, because, as real as it seems, this is still a dream? Other individuals can read and not effect the reality, like Linus. And at some point, if this reality becomes the ‘real’ reality, perhaps even the candidates can too. But while the ALT is in this transitional phase, perhaps this is one way to create lucidity?

And was that why Ms Hawking’s told Desmond he was not ready to see the list?
(I do realize he saw Faraday’s journal, but he barely glanced at it — maybe not enough to make him realize at that moment, but it was not long after anyhow)…

That last bit about reading is certainly a stretch (most of the theory may be — but that’s why it’s a theory!)…

So I’m sure there are many gaps in this theory, but hopefully some of it holds together.

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After this I’ll need to take a break from writing.

Religion in Lost: Jacob, Nemi, Aaron and the Garden of Eden
First off, let’s take a look at Milton’s “Paradise Lost” (recall Penny’s last name in the episode with Desmond was Milton).
From Wikipedia:
Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667 in ten books, with a total of over ten thousand individual lines of verse. A second edition followed in 1674, redivided into twelve books (in the manner of the division of Virgil’s Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout and a note on the versification; the majority of the poem was written while Milton was blind, and was transcribed for him.
The poem concerns the Christian story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton’s purpose, stated in Book I, is to “justify the ways of God to men”[2] and elucidate the conflict between God’s eternal foresight and free will.
Milton incorporates Paganism, classical Greek references, and Christianity within the poem. It deals with diverse topics from marriage, politics (Milton was politically active during the time of the English Civil War), and monarchy, and grapples with many difficult theological issues, including fate, predestination, the Trinity, and the introduction of sin and death into the world, as well as angels, fallen angels, Satan, and the war in heaven. Milton draws on his knowledge of languages, and diverse sources – primarily Genesis, much of the New Testament, the deuterocanonical Book of Enoch, and other parts of the Old Testament. This epic is generally considered one of the greatest works in the English language.
So — this sounds like it fits pretty well with the religious themes in Lost. Even before I related Milton’s poem to Lost, I had an inkling that what is going on in Lost is a mirror-image or second pass at what occurred in the Garden of Eden. Now, with this additional clue, I am leaning even more in that direction.
Briefly, here are some of my thoughts:
The island, or “this God Forsaken rock” as Nemi/Locke stated in a recent episode, is the actual Garden of Eden. After the Fall of Man (which is when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God), the Garden was deserted. The Bible does not state what happened to the Garden except that an angel was left to guard it. I’m theorizing that the Garden became the island, and remained a connection to the spiritual world.
The word ‘Eden’ means: spot, moment, presence, open door.
So, the Garden of Eden was the spot for the moment where the presence of God provided an open door to heaven. It’s where heaven met earth.
As we know, there is a spiritual world connected to the island. Jacob is named for Jacob’s ladder, which is another clue to this connection. Jacob’s ladder was another connection between heaven and earth.

So, a few questions to ask first:
Who/what is Jacob?
Who/what is Nemi?
The island and Garden of Eden
The candidates’ role
Aaron’s role
Widmore’s role
Spirits

Jacob:
I believe Jacob is a couple of things wrapped into one. For starters, I believe Jacob was once a man. In fact, I believe there is a possibility that he was “Abel”, the shepherd who was killed by his brother in the first murder of mankind.
As a spirit, I believe Abel/Jacob became the guardian of the underworld/heaven, i.e. he became Anubis.

Anubis: He watches over the mummification process to ensure that all is done properly. He conducts the souls through the underworld, testing their knowledge of the gods and their faith. He places their heart on the Scales of Justice during the Judging of the Heart, and he feeds the souls of wicked people to Ammit.
In the case of Lost, I believe Jacob/Anubis acts as a judge that does not allow the spirits of those who have chosen evil to move on into the afterlife. This is evident by Michael’s spirit, who is basically trapped on the island due to his actions, along with the other “trapped” spirits that are heard on the island as whispers.

Nemi falls into this category as well.

Nemi:

I believe Nemi may once have been “Cain”, and committed the first murder. He was once a man, as he stated to Sawyer.

By choosing evil, Cain brought evil into his soul. It is almost as if he became “infected” himself, and in way became a vessel of Satan.

I also believe that Nemi represents Satan, though not sure how this fits in with him once being Cain as well.

Nemi gives the Losties leads the Losties towards a “better reality” — the same way Satan did so with Adam and Even and the apple — he promises them the one thing they want most, and in return, they “take a bite of the apple”.

So what this means to me is that the island represents the Garden of Eden, and the “candidates” are representative of Adam and Eve, who were the “candidates” of humanity.

Nemi also has the form of the smoke monster, which is very similar to a serpent, which was the form that Satan took in the Garden of Eden.

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made” (Genesis 3:1).

“The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray…”

This verse lends support to the view that of the serpent being Satan himself, which helps to explain, as well, why Eve was not surprised to be spoken to by the serpent–it was not a talking snake, but a beautiful and intelligent (yet evil) angelic being.

The island and Garden of Eden

There have been some interesting clues to the Garden of Eden in Lost :

– After discovering their disobedience, God banished the couple from the garden in order to deny them access to the Tree of Life which would give them immortality.
There have been a couple times in the series that a very large tree (Tree of Life?) has been shown. I definitely recalled it in Richard’s episode (Ab Aeterno). It is where Richard buries his wife’s cross, and then picks digs it back up. The tree seems very symbolic in that scene. In addition, the Tree of Life is linked to immortality, so the fact that Richard (who does not age) buries his cross at this tree is also symbolic.

– From Milton’s Paradise (I stole this from Lostpedia):
An angel approaches Adam after his fall from grace and describes the future of mankind. In his description of the great floods (from the Noah and the Ark tale) he describes what will happen to the garden of eden and says:

then shall this Mount Of Paradise by might of Waves be moovd Out of his place, pushd by the horned floud, With all his verdure spoil’d, and Trees adrift Down the great River to the op’ning Gulf, And there take root an Island salt and bare, The haunt of Seales and Orcs, and Sea-mews clang, To teach thee that God attributes to place No sanctitie, if none be thither brought By Men who there frequent, or therein dwell.” John Milton Paradise Lost (bk. XI, 1. 829-838).

Basically, in Milton’s Paradise, an angel tells Adam that the Garden of Eden will become an island.

There are other clues, like the skeletons that are called “Adam and Eve” (though I believe that will turn out to be Bernard and Rose, calling them “Adam and Eve” is another hint).

And there are probably other hints out there that I have missed.

The candidates’ role

The candidates role may be more scientific than religious — not sure at this point. Nemi wants the candidates to go with him, and this could be for one of two reasons that I can think of:
1. He takes them with him off the island to ensure that they cannot fulfill the role of taking Jacob’s place.
2. He takes them with him because they act as a time constant so that he can actually leave the island when he flies off — the same idea as when they needed to have everyone on the Ajira Flight — perhaps because without them as “time constants”, they would not have flashed to the 1970’s/Dharma Initiative like they did.

In general from a religious perspective though, I believe the role of the candidates is similar to the role that existed for Adam and Eve. They are left with choices that may impact the fate of humanity.

Each of them has special abilities and places a special role, but in the end, their choices (good or evil) and actions will lead to a result that will either be the same as Adam and Eve’s (humanity fails), or the opposite (humanity succeeds).

Aaron’s role
(you can skip this section if you read my recent post on Aaron replacing Jacob)

I believe Aaron is the sixth candidate. He is the one that will replace Jacob. He is still innocent, so perhaps it makes sense that he would replace Jacob.

Along these lines, I think Aaron is the boy that has been pestering Nemi lately. So what is special about Aaron and leads me to these thoughts?

– He was meant to be on the original flight
– He was born on the island
– In the episode ‘Abandoned’, when Locke was handling Aaron for Claire, Charlie got dreams about the need to baptize Aaron. Was this some kind of foresight sent to Charlie by the island? Charlie goes to great lengths to baptize Aaron, even starting a fire to distract everyone. Why baptize Aaron?
Wikipedia: The purpose of baptism is as a means of repelling evil.

Even though Charlie fails, Aaron and Claire eventually get baptized by Eko (recall Jacob’s relationship to water; and recall Richard’s ‘baptism’ by Jacob).
– Claire abandons Aaron when Christian Shepherd comes up to her after the house explosion. Is this the “spirit” Christian, or MIB/Nemesis guised as Christian? I believe it was the “spirit” Christian, protecting Aaron from Claire, who had “died” in the explosion but come back to life and was now potentially “infected”. If Claire is not infected, why else would Nemesis keep her around?
– When Kate is off the island, Claire comes to her in visions, saying not to bring Aaron back to the island. Why? My guess is because it is not the right time or the right way, and protects him from Nemesis. It’s possible Aaron will find his own way to the island, just as he seems to be doing now with these ‘visits’ that anger Nemesis.

Somehow, I believe Aaron will be looped back in the final episodes, and will be Jacob’s replacement. One additional thought is — if Aaron takes this role as a young boy (until he matures), perhaps Kate will become his guardian. Her role has been minimized to date, but I foresee that she will still have an important role in the end.

Widmore’s role

At this point, Widmore’s role is cloudy. He seems to understand the scientific aspect of things, and is partnered (so it seems) with Ms Hawking, who may know even more than he does. But what is his role?
My only thought on this in relation to the religious aspect of things is that he somehow knows that this is the Garden of Eden, and that what they are up against is possibly Satan himself.
He realizes that he needs to use Desmond’s abilities to ultimately stop Nemi, and this has something to do with the alternate reality.
But there may be something deeper here as well. The Valenzetti equation foretells the end of mankind. Before Adam and Eve bit the apple, mankind was immortal (per The Tree of Life). After they bit the apple, immortality was taken away from them, and (I’m theorizing) the countdown on mankind’s existence began. This countdown is characterized by the Valenzetti equation. Due to the fact that Widmore seems to have ties to Dharma and other behind-the-scenes organizations, he may be also trying to “reverse” what Adam and Eve did — i.e., fins a way to change the Valenzetti equation, find a way to extend humanity’s life.

Spirits

A final thought about the spirits based on the revelation from Michael. There seem to be four “types” of spirits:
1. Visiting spirits. These can appear as spirits or as animals. Examples are:
– the butterfly in Ab Aeterno, which was probably Richard’s wife.
– Richard’s wife when Hurley tells Richard she is there (at the Tree of Life)
– the boar that attacks Sawyer, who is the spirit of the man he killed that he thought was the real ‘Sawyer’
– the horse that Kate encounters on the island that seems to be the spirit of her father
2. Trapped spirits: These appear when the whispers ensure, like Michael did to Hurley. These are spirits of individuals that made more ‘evil’ choices than good, i.e. when Annubis/Jacob weighed their ‘heart’ on a scale, it had more evil than good. They are likely trapped here by Jacob, a sort of purgatory existence.
3. Nemesis transforming: spirits that are really Nemesis taking their form. I believe he did this with Richard’s wife in the Black Rock. He has also done with Christian Shepherd on numerous occasions (though Christian has also appeared as a ‘Visiting Spirit’) and others.
4. Visionary spirits: This would include Walt and Aaron (if I am right that the boy is Aaron). These are visions of people that have special powers in relation to the island, and their form can appear on the island even when they alive and off island, like Walt appeared to Locke after Locke had been shot.

So — this is a long theory, and not so much a theory as a look at religion how may play into the Lost world.

In conjunction with a recent post of mine (Hawking’s Imaginary Journey) I’ve tried to capture both some of the scientific and religious elements of the show. But even with this (some of which may be right, some wrong), I still have no idea how it will all play out…!!

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I believe what makes Eloise Hawking and Desmond special is that they can see in “imaginary time”.

Imaginary time is a concept created by Stephen Hawking. It is a measurement system, and is not imaginary in the sense that Alice in Wonderland is imaginary; it is imaginary in the sense of imaginary numbers, such as the square root of -4 is 2i.

In this way, it is actually a mathematical model used to represent the universe. From Stephen Hawking’s book “A Brief History in Time”:

“That is to say, for the purposes of the calculation one must measure time using imaginary numbers, rather than real ones. This has an interesting effect on space-time: the distinction between time and space disappears completely.”

Let’s take a look at the Big Bang in Imaginary Time:
According to Stephen Hawking’s theory, the Big Bang singularity – like all singularities – is only a singularity in ordinary time. In imaginary time, it is simply a point analogous to the north pole on the Earth. Although ordinary time begins with the Big Bang, it cannot be truly said that the north pole”begins” the Earth’s surface, so imaginary time has no beginning or end. Therefore, when rephrased in imaginary time, the beginning and end of ordinary time are no more special, unique, or problematic than any other point in time. The dual-time theory clears up the singularity of the Big Bang by restating it in higher dimensions, now of time instead of space. The top of the globe could be considered the “Big Bang” in imaginary time.

Minkowski Space Time also utilizes imaginary time (recall Minkowski was the limo driver for Desmond, and was also on Widmore’s boat that came to the island with the soldiers).

Note: I tried to create links to some Figures to help clarify some of what I have written below. I could not upload the diagrams.

See the link.

An “Event light cone” can be overlaid onto this diagram. I do not have permissions to upload a file, or I would show this. Imagine that a 45 degree line runs to the dot on the space-time interval. This is the right side of the future light cone. The left side would run at a -45 angle. The light cone originates from the origin (0,0), which is the event. See this link for a picture of a light cone.

The event at (0,0) is the specific moment in the present from the point of the observer.

A ‘Light Cone Past’ also exists, which is the mirror image of the light cone future. Are all of the subsequent events that had to occur for the present event to occur are in the ‘Light Cone Past’.

The ‘Light Cone Future’ are all of the possible events that could occur from the current event.

What WILL/DOES occur would look like a sort of wiggly line running up along the future time cone. This is called a WORLD LINE.

So what does this mean for Eloise Hawking and Desmond?

Unlike normal people, I believe they can travel in their minds through imaginary time. That means, , that they can move through time as if it were space. While normal people must follow the WORLD LINE, which is their reality, and can remember the past, Eloise and Desmond can move off of their WORLD LINE into time with their minds. In other words, they can travel to the past and into the potential futures in their minds.

Remember, imaginary time is analogous to space, so one with the ability to do so (Desmond) can move forward, backward, etc. through time just as we can through space.

I think this ability is how Eloise gets her information and seems to know so much. She can see the potential futures because of her ability (the futures in the future time cone), and tries to guide events in the direction that will lead to the WORLD LINE future (the actual future) that she hopes to accomplish.
I believe the same thing has happened recently with Desmond. He has “seen” the potential futures, and is trying to guide events to lead to the future he desires (saving humanity?).

Much like Desmond was woken up to this ability by turning the key in the hatch, Eloise must have been woken up to it as well. Perhaps it was when she touched a dying Daniel Faraday, who she had just shot, and who was a time traveler. Like we are seeing with the Losties in the alternate reality, coming in contact with individuals is waking them up to the their lives in the current reality. Perhaps for Ms. Hawking, when she shot Daniel, and then touched him, she had the ‘flashes’ in her mind that ‘turned on’ her power to travel in imaginary time.

But what about the alternate reality? How does this fit in?

According to Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History in Time”, there are two possible resolutions to the paradox of time travel:

1. The consistent histories approach
2. The alternative histories hypothesis

What is interesting is that we have seen #1 and a variation of #2 occur in Lost! Let me explain as briefly as possible (for those of you that are still with me):

The consistent histories approach basically states that you could not go back in time unless history showed that you had already arrived in the past and not committed any acts that would conflict with your current situation in the present.
This is exactly what has occurred to the Losties in the current reality. They went back in time to the Dharma Initiative, they exploded the bomb, all of that happened — and there is evidence that it all happened when they first arrived on the island. For example, if Jack et al got onto the island and went (by chance) directly to the Others’ houses (which were once Dharma houses) and found the picture of Jack et al dressed up in Dharma ~1970 suits, that would have verified the consistent histories approach. They were going to go back in time, and the present they were in proved that. “What Happened, Happened.” The travel back in time was part of the current present.

Now, throw in the event of the H-bomb. Aside from the current reality “What Happened, Happened”, the alternate reality exists. This is in line with #2, “the alternative histories hypothesis”, but not in total agreement.
The alternative histories hypothesis states that when time travelers go back into the past, they enter alternative histories which differ from recorded history. This DOES NOT HAPPEN in Lost, because as we know, the history they entered was consistent with the present from which they came. They did not enter a alternative history.

However, when they set of the H-bomb, they “opened the door” to a new reality — a reality that contained both a different past light cone and different future light cone from the standpoint of the present. What I mean is that if you look at Jack’s life in the current reality, including his past and future light cones, it is different from his past, present and future life in the alternate reality. The two Jack’s share a similar past light cone, but they are not the same. Ben is another example of this. He leaves the island with his father in the alternate reality, which would be considered his “past” from our present point of view. So his past and future time cones are different from the “present” vantage point in the current reality, because he kills his father in his ‘past’ light cone.

This leads one to think about the “many worlds” theory, which is basically that there are countless alternate universe in existence, each based on all the possibilities that exist throughout time.
But this is not what is going in Lost, though. I think instead that there are “potential” realities, meaning that the “probability” of their existence exists, but when the rubber meets the road, in the eye of the observer only one existence truly exists.

Take quantum superposition and Schrödinger’s cat for example, the latter of which is a thought experiment that tries to cast doubt on Copenhagen interpretation.

From Wikipedia: Broadly stated, a quantum superposition is the combination of all the possible states of a system (for example, the possible positions of a subatomic particle). The Copenhagen interpretation implies that the superposition undergoes collapse into a definite state only at the exact moment of quantum measurement.
In other words, a definite state will only exist once an observer is cognizant of it.

With Schrödinger’s cat:
From Wikipedia: A cat, along with a flask containing a poison and a radioactive source, is placed in a sealed box shielded against environmentally induced quantum decoherence. If an internal Geiger counter detects radiation, the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when we look in the box, we see the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead.

I wonder if the alternate reality is something to this affect — something that supports quantum superposition but also experimentally validates Schrödinger’s cat?
What I mean is — what if both realities exist in a sort of flux, but will not last forever as this, and the trigger is this: as soon as an outside observation is made, only one reality will actually exist? Just like when you open the box, the cat is either dead or alive.

This may fit into Widmore’s concern that “we will cease to exist” if it is the current reality that disappears.

Obviously, based on the fact that the alternate reality people can see their lives in the current reality, the two realities are tied together and not independent. Therefore, they are not multiple universes, but one universe split (temporarily) into two which will have to revert back to one. So this again supports the fact that these are not two systems running on their own independently to the end of the time, but that they are taking from the same energy source, and cannot do that forever. Back to Schrödinger’s cat: all that is holding up the decision is an observer.

If I was to try to tie religion into all of this, perhaps the “observer” in Schrodinger’s cat is, in the case of the two realities, God, or a higher being? Nemesis or Jacob? Someone whose actions cause one of the realities to cease to exist simply by observing or choosing one over the other?

I’m really not sure how that ties in. There is also wave collapse theory, which Achalli has spelled out very well. But in the end, I do believe only one reality can exist, and that both science and religion will somehow play into it.

On the science side, Eloise Hawking has been guiding people along in the background ever since her mind turned on to ‘imaginary time’, just as Desmond is doing now.

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I was thinking about the young boy that has now made two appearances to Nemesis on the island. The boy seems to have grown between the two visits – his hair has darkened. As I thought about it, Walt’s appearance to Locke when Locke was shot by Ben came to me. When Walt appeared to Locke, he was neither dead nor anywhere near the island – so it was not as a spirit and not him in physical form – he had aged (grown like 4 feet), which actually seemed to mean it was a ‘vision’ of the live Walt, who was at that time in America, having left the island. This, in turn, made me think of Aaron.
How old is Aaron now? It depends on the viewpoint. Widmore or Desmond do not seem to have aged much, so in general people on the island are not aging much faster than those off island. But then again, the space-time shifts seem to depend on where you are looking within the magnetic ‘snow globe’. So Aaron may still be young off the island, but this is his future self as a ‘vision’ coming through a space-time morph.
Anyhow, I believe Aaron could quite possibly be the sixth candidate. I know there is a lot of attention on Desmond, but I think he is more of a key player based on his abilities, not on the fact that he is a candidate to replace Jacob. His role seems unique in a different way.
I believe Aaron could be the one that will take Jacob’s place. He is still innocent, after all. And that may be key to the individual that takes Jacob’s place. As I think of Aaron, I believe he has to be key to the overall story.
– He was meant to be on the flight
– He was born on the island
– In the episode ‘Abandoned’, when Locke was handling Aaron for Claire, Charlie got dreams about the need to baptize Aaron. Was this some kind of foresight sent to Charlie by the island? Charlie goes to great lengths to baptize Aaron, even starting a fire to distract everyone. Why baptise Aaron? Wikipedia: The purpose of baptism is as a means of repelling evil.
Even though Charlie fails, Aaron and Claire eventually get baptized by Eko (recall Jacob’s relationship to water; and recall Richard’s ‘baptism’ by Jacob).
– Claire abandons Aaron when Christian Shepherd comes up to her after the house explosion. Is this the “spirit” Christian, or MIB/Nemesis guised as Christian? I believe it was the “spirit” Christian, protecting Aaron from Claire, who had “died” in the explosion but come back to life and was now potentially “infected”. If Claire is not infected, why else would Nemesis keep her around?
– When Kate is off the island, Claire comes to her in visions, saying not to bring Aaron back to the island. Why? My guess is because it is not the right time or the right way, and protects him from Nemesis. It’s possible Aaron will find his own way to the island, just as he seems to be doing now with these ‘visits’ that anger Nemesis.
There are many holes in this theory, like – how does Aaron know the “rules” of the island? Why would he say, ‘you can’t kill him’ to Nemesis, etc…. how would he know that? How does this fit into the alternate reality. Not sure… I have a theory on that, but that’s for a later time….
Another hint to Aaron’s importance is his connection to the Shepherd family, which is obviously a special family in the Lost world. But the name itself may be a hint. I still have a theory (though not getting many people onboard with it) that the island is the lost Garden of Eden (“this Godforsaken rock” as Nemesis put it) and that:
1. Jacob is Annubis (Annubis is the keeper of lost souls; in the temple there is a heiroglyphic of him facing MIB/Nemesis symbolic of him preventing Nemesis from leaving. Annubis also uses a balance to weigh good vs evil).
2. Jacob was once a man, Abel, a shepherd that was killed by his brother.
3. Nemesis is ‘evil incarnate’, basically the choice to do evil over good. He also was once a man, possible Cain, the “Bad Twin”.
So I think ‘Shepherd’ is a clue that links the Shepherds to Jacob (who was the original ‘shepherd’, thereby linking Aaron to Jacob.

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The word ‘Eden’ means: spot, moment, presence, open door, delight.

So, the Garden of Eden was the spot for the moment where the presence of God provided an open door to heaven. It’s where heaven met earth.

 

There is a spiritual world connected to the island. Jacob is named for Jacob’s ladder, which is another clue to this connection. The island seems to be a representation of the Garden of Eden.

The real Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden stood for the blessing of eternal life which God would give to Adam and Eve.

Remember the tree that Richard buried his wife’s cross beside? The tree that stood out so clearly? Is it coincidence that Richard, given ‘eternal life’ (so to speak) is associated so closely with this tree? Another clue, I believe.

 

If the island is supposed to be a representation of the Garden of Eden, than perhaps Jacob is the guardian angel that was left to defend the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve were kicked out, and Nemesis (evil incarnate) is the fallen angel Lucifer (or a representation thereof), up to his old tricks.

 

To escape the island (which is surrounded by water, and something Nemesis has serious issues with), Nemesis needs to get on a plane. But there is more to it than that. He needs the 6 candidates, and this is to ‘time-swap’ him into the alternate reality, where there is no island, no Jacob’s ladder, no Jacob, no spirits wandering around — he will be free to do his thing.

 

He needs the candidates to get to the alternate reality. They are some sort of ‘time-constant’ to allow the time-swap. This event will change ‘imaginary time’, which is what the alternate reality lives in, to ‘real-time’. I do no think the realities will merge; I believe one will surpass the other as the sustainable reality.

 

If the candidates ‘bite the apple’ while on the island — i.e. fall prey to Nemesis’ tricks, they will get booted off the island and into the alternate reality, where things ‘seem’ better but in reality are not. And all will suffer for it.

 

And… the current reality will eventually cease to exist…

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Candidate 108 is named Wallace. I believe this individual is crossed-out, but is also the individual Jacob was referring to in the Lighthouse, saying the individual was coming to the island.

 

I believe this individual is Desmond, who could be referred to as ‘wall-less’ in terms of his ‘abilities’.

 

Also, the summation of the numbers is 108, which could possibly mean that the combination of the candidates (represented by the numbers) equals (creates) a ‘wall-less’ reality.

What I mean by this is: Nemesis gets the candidates together (sum 108), they fly off in the plane, hit the ‘turbulence’, and the boundaries/walls of reality fall away — and they go from the ‘true’ reality, to the ‘alternate’ reality (similar to how they got to the 1970s).

Thus, their ‘wall-less’ journey.

 

By getting to the alternate reality, Nemesis escapes the island and is free to roam.

I also believe the ‘true’ reality will fade away if this occurs, thereby ‘ceasing to exist’ per Widmore’s statement.

Widmore knows this — as does Jacob, possibly — and Widmore knows of Desmond’s/Wallace’s ability to move from one reality to another, and somehow wants to use this ability to prevent Nemesis from succeeding.

 

I know the ‘Wallace’/‘wall-less’ thing may be a bit of a stretch, but…..

Alpert: change the ‘l’ to an ‘i’ (lower case l looks like a capital I), rearrange the letters, and you get = pirate. So…..hints are out there….  

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Written 7th April

prettyheavysoul wrote a thread recently about the possibility that Jacob is Nemesis. I believe this to possibly be the case. A few clues that I am working from (and please let me know where the gaps are, for I am sure they exist) are:

 

(1) Important people connected to the island cannot kill themselves. Examples: Jack trying to kill himself by jumping off the bridge, Michael trying to shoot himself, Michael trying to drive into a wall, Richard stating he cannot kill himself, Jack lighting the dynamite and it not going off…. Etc.

I do not know the criteria of why someone cannot commit suicide — not a candidate (Richard is not a candidate), but it has something to do with the connection to the island — I think I remember someone stating a ‘purpose’ had to be fulfilled first — another possibility is there is a ‘time constant’ that must play out a certain way (thus the time loop to get out of the time constant by Nemesis). In any case, I think the fact that Jacob could not kill Nemesis and Nemesis could not kill Jacob was because — well, they are the same entity, and it would be the same as committing suicide, which cannot occur. I am going to venture that Jacob and Nemesis are bound by many of the same ‘rules’ applied to the Losties, and one of those is the inability to commit suicide.

(2) The fact that Jacob and Nemesis appear as exact opposites of one another. In other words, are they two entities, or two opposite versions of the same entity? The black stone/white stone hints, the Jacob in white / Nemesis in black hints, the balance — it all lends to a yin/yang evil/good relationship.

(3) The statement made by the head of the temple to Sayid being identical to the statement made by Nemesis to Richard — something about not letting the individual speak a word before striking to kill him. Why the exact same statement? Well — perhaps because we are dealing with two sides of the same entity.

(4) Why was Jacob’s cabin called Jacob’s cabin? Based on the soot that surrounded it, I would say that it was Nemesis that was trapped in that cabin, and Nemesis who asked Locke for help. So why did it become known as Jacob’s cabin? Another connection, perhaps?

 

The ‘WHY’ is even harder to break into. I believe, in some fashion, that the island is another setting for the Garden of Eden. There have been references to Adam and Eve scattered throughout the show, and of course there is the ever-present component of religion.

I think the name ‘Jacob’ refers to Jacob’s ladder, and that somehow the island’s properties opened a portal to heaven/otherworld/spirit_world (this is why we see spirits on the island). One quick note about spirits: in some cases, they are manifestations of Nemesis, in other cases, they are true spirits. A good example of this is Richards wife — when she appears on the boat to Richard, she is a manifestation — when she appears with Hurley, it is truly her (sorry about the digression).

With the setting of Adam and Eve, we have Jacob and Nemesis. Jacob is playing the role of “God” (though he is not God, nor is he all-seeing or all-knowing). By the role of “God” I mean that the apple has presented itself (humanity’s opportunity to redeem and save itself), and Jacob is not involving himself in the matter (he is not getting directly involved — it is similar to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle — if one enters the experiment/test, one changes the results and invalidates the test. Jacob has set the play in motion, and is now waiting and watching humanity to determine its own fate via freewill. In the meantime, Nemesis is playing the role of Satan, i.e. — whispering in the ear of humanity, promising greater things to come if a bite of the apple is taken. As far as I know, there is no motive in the Bible for Satan’s sweet-talking.

 

Aaron. Well, this is a stretch but I’ll add it as a final thought. Aaron is too important to the story to not play a role in the end. Is it possible that he is ‘the man’, with both good and evil within him, that somehow ‘became’ Jacob and Nemesis?

 

If Nemesis wants to ‘go home’, where better than to the alternate timeline (obliterating the current timeline in the process) — and becoming Aaron in the alternate timeline (doesn’t Aaron flatline for a moment in the alternate timeline? An opening, like with Locke?), thereby ‘coming home’ and going full circle?

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Written 30th March

A short theory to think about. It has a similar thread to a recent post by A.E.S.

Aaron is the Man In Black (MIB). (his mother is crazy, his mother is Claire). The MIB is infected – and can infect others.
Those others must have died, are ‘unprotected’, and have evil with them that the infection can grow from. What do I mean by ‘unprotected’? Well, I’m not exactly sure, but I can throw a thought out there for others to comment on: by unprotected I mean not baptized, or not buried with a ceremony, regardless of religion or creed, basically the soul is not ‘linked’ to the spirit world; and thus, free for the taking, becomes infected.
This is why Charlie was having the dreams about baptizing Aaron. He had to do that to protect Aaron’s soul. However, Charlie was prevented from doing this, and Aaron eventually becomes the MIB. Richard’s ‘baptism’ by Jacob protects his soul, and he can no longer be infected….
This is a random end comment, but it seems Jacob and water (holy water, etc.) have some kind of connection. Water protects his people (the pool at the temple, for instance). I think it is somehow connected to the infection and preventing it, but don’t have all the pieces to the puzzle yet…..

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Written 30th March

I tend to be overly wordy…. So please feel free to skip every other paragraph of so J….

 

One common theme that seems to be of interest lately is the persuasion of Good and Evil in the Lost world, and a lingering question remains if the finale will be a demonstration of one absolute conquering the other.

 

There are those who are opposed to this concept of absolute GvE (i.e. a ‘Good’ Jacob vs. a ‘Bad’ Nemi) (Nemi is short for Nemesis, or Man In Black), and I don’t blame them. Here are a few of my thoughts regarding that:

 

There is no absolute ‘Good’ or ‘Evil’ in Lost. Both exist within humanity, and within Jacob and Nemi, and with the theme of Lost. Rather than an “absolute”, there is a portion of good and evil within each individual (thus the symbolism of the scale); and these portions are driven by actions and decisions driven by situations.

 

Jacob is not absolutely good, nor absolutely evil. Let’s take a closer look at this: if Jacob is indeed drawing people to the island as he claims, he is at least partially responsible for the fate of those people. The deaths of those that died therefore rest with him (perhaps not solely, but he is by no means innocent of their deaths).

Thus — Jacob cannot be considered “absolute good”. But that begs the question — what does ‘absolute good’ mean? I’m going out on a limb to state that absolute good is much like infinity — you can strive to get ever closer to it, but can never attain it. Ditto for absolute evil as well (though perhaps this is an easier road for some).

 

I’ve written a few hypotheses here to help ,me translate my idea of “situational good and evil” vs. “absolute good and evil”. (Bear with me on this J)

(1)   Pretend you have been brought back to the early 1900s. In your hand is a loaded gun. Before you stands Hitler, as a child. Do you shoot him, and possibly prevent World War II and the horrific events associated with Hitler’s reign? If so — is that the choice of “good”, or of “evil”? Killing a child who at that moment is innocent — is it possible to consider that “good”? Recall Sayid’s choice to shoot Ben when Linus was a child.

(2)   You have been brought back to the past (again — boy, what a day). You (somehow) control the fate of a steamship in the distance. On the ship is Hitler, as a youth. You can sink the ship, and likely prevent the horrific occurrences he will bring about later in life, but in doing so, everyone else on the steamship must also die. What do you do? And which choice is “good”? Which is “evil”? Does it come down to numbers — you save millions by killing hundreds, therefore the “good” outweighs the “evil” simply by the addition and subtraction of lives?

And now a twist: By sinking the ship, there is also a chance that you may also unknowingly kill the great-great grandfather of an individual who will be instrumental in curing cancer in the future — and thus many more people will now die to your decision to sink the ship – possibly. (The point is: “uncertainty” comes into play as well; this is not driven by “Fate” but by freewill).

(3)   You are Jacob. You “foresee” the end of humanity as you know it. In order to create a series of events that may allow humanity to save itself, you must bring harm to innocent people (crashing a plane, etc.), and to boot the path is also wrought with “uncertainty” — so you may go through with this and humanity may still perish anyhow. Are you “good” if you choose the path that may save humanity? Are you “evil” for killing innocents by choosing this path? Are you “evil” if you simply do nothing, knowing humanity may be extinguished?

     
      And another twist: Perhaps by doing something, i.e., bringing people to the island, you CREATE THE SITUATION ITSELF.

 

The immediate response to #3 may likely be: well, instead of harming people in the process (such as bringing people to the island where they will likely die), I’d find another way to keep Nemi at bay and save the world from destruction.

OR: I’d do nothing, since Nemi seemingly can’t get off the island without help from people anyhow — i.e. who would kill Jacob if Jacob doesn’t bring anyone around to do so?

 

Recall: Jacob states that he is trying to ‘prove’ something to Nemi — that people can be inherently good; that they can make the right choices; that they will not go down the path of corruption. Well, this certainly seems like a high-stakes game he’s willing to play, considering the lives at stake and the manipulations involved. And not to mention the possibility that he is putting humanity in danger of extinguishment. Certainly not something one would expect from a selfless, virtuous being. Why play that game at all? Is it necessary? What’s the point of it?

This is an important concept because one large unknown is the following: does Jacob cause the possible demise of humanity by bringing people to the island, or would Nemi find a way off the island regardless?

Due to the fact that the solution to the Valenzetti equation, which predicts humanity’s doom, is made up of the ‘numbers’, which we now know represent the candidates, it seems to me that Jacob indeed brings this all about — he brings the numbers (the candidates) to the island — for better or for worse.

 

See, Jacob wants an answer. He wants a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, a ‘black’ or ‘white’, an ‘evil’ or ‘good’. He wants to prove a point. Yes, evil and good reside in all of us — but Jacob is all in. He sets the table to see what humanity’s cards are with all the chips in play. It is judgment day — only, Jacob is not God; and either Jacob has a duty, or he is insanely curious.

Think of the Garden of Eden — the stage was set there as well.

So how did the stage get set? Due to its magnetic/special properties, the island created a portal to the otherworld (the otherworld being heaven, a spiritual world, the beyond, etc.), thus “Jacob’s Ladder”; Jacob came through, Nemi came through, the spirits come and go…. and Jacob happens to be the “candidate” who puts humanity on trial.

 

Why test humanity, one may ask? Well, WHY did God put the Apple in the Garden of Eden? I am not saying Jacob is God, but to be human is to be tested. Continuously. Right vs. wrong. Good vs. evil.

 

So what of religion in all of this? What role does it play in the scheme of right vs. wrong, good vs. evil?

 

I’ll approach it this way: Religion, philosophy, physics/mathematics — what do these have in common? (other than the fact that they play a substantial behind-the-scenes role in Lost). Well, one commonality is that they are all mechanisms humanity has used to try to understand the Universe and the Purpose of Life. They are different tactics, yet at their core, they are reaching for the same answers. Why are we here? What is our purpose? What role do we play? What role does nature play? How does nature work? Is there a God?

They of course play the same role in Lost: they are used as clues, as backdrops with hints and signs and postings pointing towards the “answer”, in most cases cryptically. That said, I do not believe that the intention of Lost is to state that one approach is better than the other: science vs religion vs philosophy vs etc… but that these mediums all have value and all have clues to help answer the greater questions of life (and Lost).

 

Due to this fact, I believe we are to use these mediums to help us answer the questions about time travel, about the flash-sideways, about Jacob and Nemi, about the spirits that inhabit the island, etc.. Let’s look at one (this will loop back to Jacob):

 

1)      Adam and Eve: when God said “don’t take a bite out of this apple”, he didn’t pop back in right before Eve went for it: “hey, you almost bit it, but I’m stepping in to save you.” (1) Because this was a test and (2) God does not interfere. Look at all the bad things that happen in the world. Plain and simple. God created the Universe and let it roll. Granted, the Bible has many cases of God stepping in, but in the case of Lost, I’m theorizing that the ‘Adam and Eve’ scenario is the most accurate in terms of God’s role in the world.

Based on this, Jacob’s ‘non-interference’ may make more sense if viewed in the context of God’s actions with Adam and Eve. This is not to say that Jacob is God — far from it, in fact. But it reveals why Jacob does not interfere directly.

Now, the island itself seems symbolic of the Garden of Eden, so it would not be a stretch to view it in the same manner. Only this time, instead of “taking a bite” or “not taking a bite” of the apple, humanity must make a choice (or series of choices) that will ultimately lead to its demise or survival. Like Adam and Eve represented humanity at the time (granted they were the only ones around), it seems the candidates (and perhaps some others, like Richard) will represent humanity’s course of action this time around.

 

So why go through all of this? It’s to answer a rather simple question:

 

Is humanity worthy of life? I think this is one of the core questions of Lost.

 

So this isn’t about Jacob swooping in and saving the day himself. IT CAN’T BE. In mathematics, a severely watered-down version of the Heisenberg principle comes to mind: you affect the end result by testing it yourself, which is undesirable. Jacob can manipulate events to set the stage, but once the parts are in motion, he stands back. He CANNOT influence humanity’s choice by directly interacting. If he were to do so, then the test itself would be unfulfilled, meaningless, worthless.

 

Whether this is his duty or his choice — that remains to be seen. But I do not think it is as simple as Good vs Evil — if it were, Jacob could have taken many other actions (or inactions) to prevent Nemi from leaving the island.

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