Richard, Ben, The Temple and The ‘All Seeing Eye’
Richard Alpert tells Sawyer and Kate, that he can save young Ben if he takes him to the temple, but that young Ben, will have no memory of the events, and ‘his innocence’ will be forever lost. Let’s explore this loss of innocence, and its possible origins.
To understand Richard Alpert is, to first know who Richard is, and from whence he came. But, all we know is that he appears not to age, and he also does NOT answer to any ‘man’, nor does he appear to answer to the almighty ‘Jacob’.
The ‘Temple’ is reminiscent of the ancient ‘temples’ of Egypt. I view Richard Alpert as a ‘High Priest’, of sorts who appears to wield a lot of power within ‘the others’ group. Regardless of whoever has been the so-called leader, past, present or future, Richard has ultimately always been ‘calling the shots’ when it comes right down to it, and clearly answers to a ‘higher power’ on ‘the island’, that still remains unseen. The Smoke Monster, aka Cerebus, is purported to be the Guardian of the Underworld.
Ancient priests used a variety of methods of healing, including elixirs, astronomy and magic. I believe young Ben will be physically healed and forever transformed by the healing ceremony and ritual he is about to undergo.
The ‘Eye of Horus’ is associated with both the Egyptian God Horus and his father Osiris. The ‘Eye of Horus’ conveys the idea of the ‘All seeing Eye’. The end set before the Egyptian neophyte was illumination, which is to be ‘brought to light’. The Religion of Egypt was the Religion of the Light. This is the ceremonial ritual that young Ben will go through, and how his innocence will be lost.
One particular aspect that speaks directly to ‘the loss of innocence’ from the bible is, the story of Adam & Eve. The Serpent promised Adam & Eve that their eyes would ‘be opened’ if they ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The key word in this passage is ‘eyes’, which in Hebrew can be translated ‘knowledge.’ Opened can be translated ‘broadened.’ What the Serpent promised Adam & Eve was that their knowledge would be broadened if they ate of the forbidden fruit. But the most foreboding aspect of this passage emerges from the fact that the Hebrew word for ‘eyes’ is not plural, but singular. What the Serpent actually told Adam & Eve was that their ‘eye’ would be broadened by knowledge. The ‘eye’ that the Bible wants us to consider is not the physical organ of sight, but the ‘eye’ of the mind or the soul. This singular ‘eye’ is called the ‘third eye’ of clairvoyance in the Hindu religion, the ‘eye’ of Osiris in Egypt, and the ‘All Seeing Eye’ in Freemasonry and the Illuminati. The ‘All Seeing Eye’ is one of the oldest hieroglyphics of the Deity. The triangle also is a cabalistic symbol of the most remote antiquity.
The last time we saw Ms. Hawking, it was in the basement of a church, assisting the ’06’ with their return to ‘the island’. What exactly does our Ms. Hawking have to do with the church and why is she allowed to operate in such secrecy within its walls? What are Ms. Hawking’s connections to Brother Campbell? There are undeniable religious undertones present throughout the story line in Lost, but we have been unable to connect the dots.
Ben has Sayid kill some of the associates of Charles Widmore on the outside world. These men appeared to be as wealthy and as powerful as Widmore. The question is, who are/were these men, and what did/do any of them have to do with ‘the island’? Why are so many people on the outside world, interested in ‘the island’?
This is where ‘Secret Societies’ and modern day beliefs enter into the picture. Many modern groups, though not related, claim to be offshoots of the original so-called Mystery Religion. They all carry the same symbols, such as the ‘All Seeing Eye’, and believe in the same so-called Secret Doctrine. The ‘All Seeing Eye’, is an important symbol within Freemasonry and Rosicrucian traditions.
We know these ‘secret societies’ exist. In fact, a few of our nations leaders were and are members of them. Evidence of their modern day beliefs can even be found on US currency. On the reverse of the US Great Seal is an unfinished pyramid to represent human society itself, imperfect and incomplete. Above, floats the symbol of the esoteric orders, the radiant triangle with its ‘all seeing eye’.
There is only one possible origin for these symbols, and that is the ‘secret societies’. The symbol may represent a god, but it is not the God of the Bible. It is a human eye indicating that man is god!
I suspect we will learn more about the very nature of ‘the others’ belief system, and who may stand in opposition of it and who is supporting it, for reasons that are fairly obvious. The ‘island’ is the very essence of ‘power’ and life/death/re-birth itself. Was Dharma a ‘front’ for one of these societies, or something completely different? Somebody on ‘the island’ gave Dharma permission to inhabit and explore ‘the island’ and a truce was negotiated. Could their now be a ‘Secret Society’/Government involvement, that threatens ‘the island’ and perhaps the world?
Regardless of the time travel issues, and all of the many mysteries we have been privy to, something larger is at hand. I doubt anyone could deny this. We have witnessed a miracle! John Locke has been resurrected on ‘the island’. How could this not have any religious undertones or divine meaning?
The Holy Trinity represents God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. The Unholy Trinity represents Satan, Antichrist, and the False Prophet. White vs. Black, Light vs. Dark. Sound familiar?
AES is correct when he speaks about Lost focusing on the children, and they are ‘blank slates’, the ‘tabula rasas’. Claire did not want Kate to bring Aaron back to ‘the island’. Perhaps, she was trying to protect Aaron’s loss of innocence. The children are the only true ‘innocents’ and perhaps the way of the future. They are worth protecting at all cost.
I leave you with the following quote by Mark Twain:
The common eye sees only the outside of things,
and judges by that, but the ‘all seeing eye’ pierces
through, and reads the heart and the soul, finding
there capacities which the outside didn’t indicate or
promise, and which the other kind couldn’t detect.