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. 🙂

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  1. Ah yes, just to quickly mention, I don’t believe the fact Jin and Sun’s baby is a girl changes things. Jacob is just a code for Ji Yeon that is taken to protect her.

  2. Jacobs voice when Locke heard it was a male voice. Your theory is a very fun read, however there are many points I disagree with. I think religion is the vehicle to drive certain stories within the show, but not the overal ARC of the show. JACOB has to exist before JI YEON and Aaron (i’m not big fans of the thoery that either of them is Jacob). Jacob has lead the others for as long as we know. It’s not inconcievable that it is actually someone born in the future, but I would call that an EASY out for the writers.

    Both kids represent the current level of PROCREATION that has taken place on the island. Aaron and JI YEON as the ADAM AND EVE make more sense to me then one of the being Jacob.

  3. Religion vs. Science
    Why indeed…..
    Hans Oersted. discovered electromagnetism in 1820.
    In 1999 the ‘Oersted’ satellite was launched with the purpose of charting Earth’s magnetic field. The findings led scientists to believe that there might be a polar reversal imminent, the effects of which could be cataclysmic: if Earth were to lose its magnetosphere, it would be vulnerable to massive radiation from the space/sun. The satellite also revealed an anomaly in the magnetic field under South Africa; it is pointing the opposite direction from the rest of the Earth’s field and has been growing for hundreds of years. Please Google this info. A similar idea was also used in the film ‘The Core’.

    Then came Hannes Alfvén:
    His contribution to science – mainly in the field of electromagnetism – revolutionized how scientists view the universe, winning a Nobel Prize on the way. He spoke English, German, French, Russian, and some Spanish and Chinese; and studied oriental philosophy and religion. He spent time in the Fiji Islands. He was fascinated by the “green flash” – a phenomenon that sometimes occurs at sunset. By no coincidence (Green Lantern and Flash comic):
    He also wrote fiction: The Great Computer: A Vision (1968) telling the story of computers taking over the world. Google “Hannes Alfvén”.
    Alfvén plus Hans O. equals Alvar Hanso.
    The above outlines the reason for – and a means to control – the island…

    Scientists, fearing the cataclysmic events of a polar reversal, prepared an environment for the survival of the human race. They either directly or indirectly engineered the kind of people who would make up a community fit for survival and propagation of a new world. In the main, this means characters without father/mother figures; and/or characters with skills for survival: a doctor, an engineer, a survivalist, a mercenary; and characters of sufficiently varied genetic background: african, caucasian, asian, etc. to ensure a healthy gene pool for generations.

    Then on an island which already had a massive natural source of electromagnetism, they constructed an artificial magnetosphere, alluded to in Walt’s/Hurley’s comic: to repel the deadly cosmic rays that Earth’s magnetosphere used to repel. The hope was that the community could thrive, grow and, eventually, repopulate/recover the world.

    The Dharma Initiative under Alvar Hanso (if both of these thing exist in the Lost reality – much of the Orientation film is red herrings for the ‘survivors’) used a technology based on remote viewing and electromagnetism to power this magnetosphere and to influence the lives of the future island candidates. As stated in another of my posts: every strange (and a lot of mundane) occurrences in Lost can be attributed to electromagnetism as wielded by the collective consciousness on the island (see “Enlightenment Theory”). When all the candidates were in place, i.e. on the plane, the collective consciousness knocked everyone out, brought it down, cryogenically preserved them, dismantled the plane (placing enough debris in the ocean to ensure an “everybody dead” verdict); years later, some plane debris was placed on the beach with the passengers and the scene was set to give the illusion that they had JUST crashed. Then the collective consciousness woke them up.

    The joke/password about the snowmen is an allusion to being cryogenically frozen.

    The collective consciousness is that group of scientists that became so totally absorbed into remote viewing and electromagnetism that they now operate on frequencies of electromagnetism (covering everything from light to sound) only. They can read minds as well as manipulate iron and other conductive material. Claire wondered why there was not one comb or hairbrush on the entire plane; the reason: the slight electrostatic charges that hairbrushing creates is interference for the collective consciousness.

    Much of the Orientation film and what Desmond says is false and purely to ensure that our heroes press those bloody buttons every 108 minutes. The purpose is threefold: to provide a focus for the community – a reason to go on and something ‘meaningful’ that goes beyond rational decision-making; secondly, to protect the hatch/power-supply/scientists behind the concrete; and, thirdly, to download the information from the Oersted satellite as it orbits the Earth every 108 minutes (please Google this) to get the latest on the magnetic poles.

    **The bird which flew into the window (drawn to Walt perhaps)
    **The collective consciousness messed with this bird’s navigation (based on magnetism – birds have magnetite in their beaks).

    **Sayid tells Jack that either the compass is wrong or North has moved. In fact, North has moved.

    **Walt seems to become a knife-throwing expert. He isn’t. The metal knife was guided by the collective consciousness in an attempt to bring him closer to Locke, who is the island’s most faithful servant.

    The presence of the ship (BR) is an indication that this island has always been known as a source of great magnetic power (the word “magnet” comes from “Magnesia” the land where the first black rock with powers of attraction was found). The location of this ship is an indication of the island’s volcanic past – pushing the island higher – the ship is now inland. (Lava cools to form basalt; at the point basalt solidifies it takes on the same magnetic field as the surrounding location, thus providing information of the magnetic field’s past.)

    BF Skinner’s dubious theories form the basis for the methods used by collective consciousness to socially engineer this ‘utopia’. They are the voices in the trees, they are the visions, they are the black fog (metal in a magnetic field), the monster (mechanical, but designed to embody each survivor’s personal fear). They use every psychological trick in his books to manipulate the survivors into forming a stable long-lasting community ON the island; and their means to this end are extensive.

    The opening shot of most episodes – the eye – establishes that this epsiode’s main character will percieve what the collective consciousness wishes to show them. In this episode, Boone has an epiphanous vision courtesy of the collective consciousness and is later murdered with a falling plane!

    Locke can walk now. Locke has no feeling in his legs. Locke’s ability to walk is based on the collective consciousness’ will. It makes him obedient. This level of obediency may be required of all the survivors eventually. His legs move because the collective consciousness allows those tiny electronic impulses from his brain via the spine to get through to muscles in his legs.

    To summarize: our heroes never actually “accidentally” crashed; they are the future of mankind – the survivors of a cataclysmic polar event of which they are unaware; they are on the island to survive, procreate and repopulate the Earth. They are unaware of this plan which is sustained by a sophisticated collective consciousness and a group of scientists using electromagnetic power, and psychological techniques of reward and punishment.

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