The theory of WHY
I would like to preface this theory by saying that while I enjoy the idea of Lost, its characters, and the island itself in a world building way (that is, thinking of them as actually existing), the fact is this is a work of (excellent) fiction that has a set end date. So this theory stems from trying to imagine a coherent framework that explains the story while providing the ability for a rousing and satisfactory ending in 2010. There are still a number of surprises to be revealed, but the simple fact is, everything on Lost is now focused like a laser on that conclusion.
So, in the end, the real question I would like to see answered is “WHY”. Why was everybody on the doomed flight, why has everything happened the way it has, why why why. And why, in a way that can be satisfactorily answered in the confines of the TV format.
This then, is my theory of WHY …
Sun and Jin’s baby.
That is the reason everything happened – so that Sun and Jin could have a baby conceived on the island. Why?
Because he is Jacob.
This is a messiah story, in my opinion. A birth that was a ‘miracle’, and that literally could only have happened on the Island, and Sun and Jin’s baby – Jacob – is that miracle.
But why? Why all this just to ensure that Jacob is born?
Because of Aaron.
First, a brief explanation of the various names.
Jacob – the ‘father’ of the tribes of Israel. He is the younger brother of Esau, his twin. He received the blessing of his father (Abraham) in place of his brother. Esau is, for the purposes of this theory, eeeeeevil. In the Old Testament, Gehenna ‘follows’ Esau, Gehenna being, essentially, hell. So, Jacob is the father of Israel, but he is also the brother of someone would could bring about hell on earth. A loose interpretation, but pretty correct.
Aaron – First, I don’t think the writers of Lost could have called Aaron ‘Esau’. That would have been crazy. 🙂 However, and interestingly, Aaron is the brother of Moses. In other words, he’s the brother of someone ‘good’. Aaron is also the great-great-grandson of Jacob. Aaron was the one, in the Old Testament, to bring about the first of the three plagues to Egypt.
Now taking only select portions of the mythology of Aaron and Jacob, you end up with the following:
Two ‘brothers’, Jacob the younger and Aaron the older. Obviously they’re not blood relations in the Lostverse, but they could loosely be described as ‘island brothers’. At the very least, the two are unique in that one was conceived on the Island and one was born on the Island. Now Jacob is destined to become the father of a tribe of people – the leader, as it were – after tricking his ‘father’ into giving him a blessing meant for his brother. The brother is evil, and would bring about Gehenna (hell on earth) if allowed. He also caused the first plague to afflict Egypt.
To sum up … Jacob = Good. Aaron = Bad. And let us know forget the Lostverse prophecy behind Aaron.
Now I don’t believe that the Island is meant to represent Heaven or Hell (although I would find it incredibly amusing if it did, and that the ‘natives’ are actually the people who made it to Heaven … given how few there are!). I do believe it’s a place of great power that would threaten everything if it fell into the wrong hands. Hands such as Aaron’s.
Thus, Jacob (again, Sun and Jin’s baby) was born to prevent the island from being ‘ruled’ by Aaron.
The way I see the last set of episodes: This destiny is revealed that either Jacob or Aaron will ‘rule’ the island. Under Aaron, it becomes clear that something truly horrible will happen. Under Jacob, the world will be safe. Sides are drawn (Kate and Sawyer and others ‘supporting’ Aaron, Jin and Jack and others ‘supporting’ Jacob). In the end, Jacob ‘wins’ (personally I think Sawyer will be the one to make the decision), and becomes bound to the island with Walt as his protector. The last part of the last episode will show Walt moving back in time, arranging things to ensure everything happens as it should. Fade to black.
And that is my likely very crazy theory behind Lost. 🙂