A Blank Page

Ok, You HAVE to read dabiatchishere’s theory entitled “Course Correctors” to catch up. This is another one of those way back things that needs touched on again. We draw nearer to the end every episode and there are reveals being hurtled at us from all directions. There is only so much time to get where they are going and I am very impatiant now. Its not there fault, the writers and producers, but they do want us to…want.
Ive been crying “Walt” for the last week. Ever since they got on the plane, and Walt didnt, I have asked, “where the hell is Walt?”. Many answers were thrown my way, but it was not until a) Kimberly eased my mind a little by telling me Walt is a coming. And b), A revelation that I had during discussion with Dabs in her theory (READ IT, its a great theory of its own and inspired this). Walt, along with the other children, have a reason for being important. As we tried to figure out first if the Losties purpose is for course correction. Quickly changed to Desmonds abilities, and Why he is special. Yes, I know he turned the Key. How special is he? Can he truly change the future? Could he have changed fate and saved Charlie if he could have reached and understood the potential of the power he has. Daniel tells him hes special. We have heard of others being special on the island, and Im not talking about Locke.
But maybe his protege of sorts, or is he Walts (or Abbadons)? At least it seemed so with all the stories, and lessons on knife throwing, and…secrets. John told Walt a secret way back in season one.
We all, dont lie, even if it was just that first season, thought that secret was the fact that John could not walk before the island. But what if it was something else..something bigger. Im not going to speculate exactly what, but I am starting to think that maybe the John Locke that first landed on the island had a little more knowledge than first imagined. It could have been time travel, or concience travel, or timeloop, or maybe he just knows, the way Desmond knew to find Faradays mother. But I think the secret that Locke told Walt was an understanding of sorts of the island. Or at least a way to save it/the world at some later point in time. Maybe if my predictions are true it had to do with Abbadon. But I definetly think there is more to this scene.
I think the title alone, “Tabula Rasa”, and the fact that this conversation takes place the way it does, not only shows that the producers had some sort of time travel in mind from the start, but that what is happening right now was known as well.
“Tabula rasa” (Latin: blank slate) refers to the epistemological thesis that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that their knowledge comes from experience and sensory perception.
Generally proponents of the tabula rasa thesis favor the “nurture” side of the nature versus nurture debate, when it comes to aspects of one’s personality, social and emotional behavior, and intelligence.

Connecting the current scenario with the conversation, and the questions raised by us, the viewers, if it wasnt intentional, it was a hell of a way to connect everything. That is, if I have any clue what Im talking about ;]
So, a hot topic seems to be, what can the people who travel back in time, actually change, alter, or suspend. And with the exception of Dr Manhattan, I mean Desmond, we havent seen anyone change..anything. So, this led me to thinking…what could be done to actually be able to do what Desmond does, without actually turning the key.
Question…How could someone live outside the rules of time?
Answer…..Be born outside of the rules of time!
This could be the whole point! This could be what the ‘Others’ are actually trying to find. Hence Richards comments about Ben being off topic in regards to the big picture, or something to that nature. This could be what Aaron is, because he is born on the island. And his could be what Jacob is as well, because he seems to be somehow outside of space/time. Why he needs help could be a number of other theories, and Im staying away from that for now. This could somehow explain Richards agelessness, even though obviously at some point, he did age. Maybe as Aaron did, off the island.
I may be overpresumtious on some of these allegations, but I think the main thought holds a lot of ground. The whole reason the others are so desperate to have children on the island is because they are trying to create this holy, god like figure. They are trying to seriously break the rules that they so valiantly seem to protect. Doing so could give them their true leader. We still dont know who Lockes “real” father is. Yeah, they say it is Cooper, but who knows at this point. Lost is upsidedown at the moment and I think the possibilities are endless. Aaron is one of the few born on the island. You can read my “Bearer of the Crown” theory for my perspective on that. Alex is the only other one born on the island that we know and she is dead.
All this talk of parents setting their children up on the show for greatness or failure, depending on the perspective, leads me to take this another step further. Whether Thomas, Aarons father is Ben, a relative/son of Ben, related to another character, or nobody at all, I would bet my right arm, that the date of conception was no accident, in comparison to when they would crach on the island.
Back to Tabula Rasa and Ill let someone else talk….

Tabula rasa (Latin: blank slate) refers to the epistemological thesis that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that their knowledge comes from experience and sensory perception.
Generally proponents of the tabula rasa thesis favor the “nurture” side of the nature versus nurture debate, when it comes to aspects of one’s personality, social and emotional behavior, and intelligence.

The ‘NURTURE’ side? John Locke is talking about the nuture side instead of the nature side…
Come on, the very definition is the opposite of Locke! He had everything but nurturing in his life. We saw his heart get broken by every single person in his life he trusted and cared about. We should have known he wasnt referring to himself. Yes, it was a fresh start for him on the island. He had a clean slate. But isnt it odd the only one he trusted this secret to is a CHILD?
There is more to it, it will play out.
And Aaron…well, when it comes to Aaron, I think someone needed a blank page to write on…

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Abbot Enheduanna Schwarzschild Name meaning: -Abbot: Father defined by or in religious connotation/definition. From the beginning, Lost was riddled with religious tone and it was obvious it would play some sort of role. Seemed fitting to start here. -Enheduanna: Mesopotamian High Priestess and the modern civilization’s first recorded poet. I created the name after season 1. John explaining backgammon history to Walt spawned the idea that the island may have a link yo the beginning of civilization and maybe even time itself. It was “poetic” and important to add this to my pseudonym. I needed the mother of poetry in modern civilization to match the religious “Father” in my first name. -Schwarzschild: Reference to Karl Schwarzschild and Schwarzschild Black Holes. Smoke monsters, hatches, and curing paralysis doesn’t point to black holes…but the sci-fi elements ran deep and obvious. The wheel moving the island and transporting Ben felt like it got plucked from my imagination. A.E.S.

26 thoughts on “A Blank Page

  1. AES, this is a really nice theory. I love what you have expressed. You captured the essence of Tabula Rasa. Bravo!

    The comparisons between Locke vs Walt, the whole nature vs. nurture, and black vs white, (not their skin colour) is just amazing!

    The blank slate idea, fits in nicely with the on-island’s pregnancies.

    So many theorists have attempted to apply meaning to this, and have never done so, IMO. This explanation feels right!

    We know Walt will ultimately have significant meaning to the story. I also have to believe the same is true about Aaron.

    I couldn’t help but notice from the beginning, it appears ‘the others’ isolate children from the rest of ‘island’ society.

    The only other children we have seen, that were not youngsters, were Alex and Karl. We know they both turned out to resent authority, and were deliberately defiant.

    In summation, existing outside the limitations of time/space has to be of significant importance.

    We, as viewers overlooked and underestimated the overall importance of the children and the potential they hold!

  2. Thank you Dabs, inspired by your theory. I seriously cant believe I overlooked this before. It make so much sense. Was it Jack, that Richard spoke to in regards to Ben. I cant remember. I think that short conversation plays a part. Shows that the island birth carry a lot of signifigance, and Ben, although still researching with Juliet, may as usual, have his own motives.

  3. AES, at the moment I can’t recall who it was Richard has this conversation with.

    It does make perfect sense to me, as you’ve explained.

    One other thing, Ben initially lies about being born on ‘the island’. In retrospect, he seemed to give that a lot of weight.

    Another hint, perhaps.

    On the note of Juliette’s work, I was always suspicious of this whole thing, about isolating the pregnant women, so they could die. It doesn’t ring true to me.

    Ben’s interest in childbirth, may lie in another bible story. The one about King Herrod!

    Sorry, I just had to go there!

  4. Should I call the Magi now? or wait for Herod to die of kidney disease…Hmm, guess Locke only has to worry about that on one side of his body…connect the dots..unless we are just placing dots everywhere ;]

  5. lol, I did apologize for going there! Magi, lol

    I can’t help but think, the mysterious circumstances of the children, and what we’ve had explained, is so unsatisfactory. It has ‘the stank’ written all over it!

    Therefore, there has to be a reason for the lack of an appropriate explanation.

    I think you’ve made the correct connection, and I can’t wait to see some of this play out.

  6. One other thing, I want to mention about ‘the others’, which may shed some light.

    Ben told Jack that most of ‘the others’ had been brought to ‘the island’. I am wondering if any of ‘the others’ were actually born there.

  7. One more thing about Alex and Karl. Both were approximately the same age.

    After the purge, no children were born on ‘the island’.

    Brain is working slow tonight, sniffles have set in.

  8. AES, the writers have alluded to all kinds of connections to characters we know and have seen, being related, so nothing would surprise me on that front.

    In fact, count on it!

  9. To add something about the talk of children, they weren’t born on the island, but Emma and Zach (tail survivor siblings) seemed to be important to the Others and were quickly taken and looked after. We last see them when Locke confronts Cooper in front of all the others, but they are definately still alive, and they might be important.

  10. Why children are important and why if a child is conceived on the Island the mother will die if she gives birth on the Island are probably not linked in my opinion.

    First with the children being special, this could revolve around religious thought (think Jesus and what he says about children – “I wish everyone were like little children, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these”). Interpreted, children are special because they, as the person who posted the theory suggested start with a “blank page” and essentially are pure and can be taught the right way from the beginning (or wrong way as we see in the uglier parts of our history). There is definitely a cultish or religious aura amongst the others.

    Second with the mothers dying while giving birth on the Island if the child was conceived on the Island. I have seen several theories on this which I agree with. Most have to do with time and the thought that during the period where this was happening, the Island was either in a time loop or stuck in the past. Basically, since in the past the child and mother did not exist, course correction would eliminate one

  11. Another point of fact is that the producers have put a lot of emphasis on Father son and mother daughter relationships so this also adds to the nature vs. nurture debate. You have Jack/Christian, Michael/Walt, John/Cooper, Danielle/Alex, Claire/Aaron……Jacob/? I think they are leading us somewhere with this. I like the theory now just to see where they take us. I also like the theory that the mothers giving birth is a paradox.

  12. also with the children, children are easier to manipulate and “brainwash” and have less values and history to clash with what the others are trying to do, whatever that may be. Children, especially the younger ones, can be molded into perfect others. i also think it is independent of childbirth.

  13. Tabula Rasa. Interesting. I had not thought of that in anyway in connection with the island or this story. I have long loved the idea though, and remember when I first became aware of bot h the phrase and concept.

    I think it is an excellent point.

    I think the children are in the eyes of the others blank slates indeed that need to “kept with the good people” and spared exposure to the bad people.

    I also think some of these children like Walt are special and display predisposition for powers of the mind. It was shown that there was much research done in this area before and I believe they are trying to get to the children to nurture and develop those abilities.

    You ever hear the saying “A child might be able to fly if not for adults telling them it was impossible”.

  14. Losthead, you must not forget about Kate and her mom, that was a huge mother/daughter story. And Hurley and his dad is a nice one too. Even Ben/Alex, and of course Jin and his dad and Sun’s dad. Every character either has problems with a parent/child or does not have them (Sawyer comes to mind).

  15. And at the top of the list…Jack and his Daddy issues. Almost like he brought them to the island with him.
    Ive theorized before, that the issues many of the characters have with their parents are tests or preps for their future roles on the island. All the characters have played their roles, we have seen their childhoods, well almost all of their childhoods..

  16. Great comments on this theory!

    One other thought I have about the ‘blank slate’, is on the side of religion.

    The church recommends babies are baptized in infancy, because they are considered free of sin.

    So, I think this lends itself nicely to the ‘blank slate’ scenario.

  17. We do indeed see John baptize Aaron! John is special, and he intuitively knew this is something that should be done in order to protect Aaron!

    That indicates to me, the importance of the ‘blank slate’ and also the importance of baptizing Aaron, while he was free of sin!

  18. It was Eko who baptized Aaron!

    cappayne, here is what Wikipedia says about baptism.

    To put it most simply, the power, effect, benefit, fruit, and purpose of Baptism is to save. No one is baptized in order to become a prince, but as the words say, to “be saved”. To be saved, we know, is nothing else than to be delivered from sin, death, and the devil and to enter into the kingdom of Christ and live with him forever.

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