Everything else is just progress…
So I have been thinking long and hard on the season 15 Finale and all we gleamed from it, there were a lot of answers but even more questions put before us. One thing that stuck out in my mind was the conversation on the beach, between Jacob and the man in black. I am sure for many of this this was a a moment where our hearts raced a bit and our minds spun trying to drink the exchange in.
I will not quote word for word I think we have all watched it enough to do that, what I will do is sum it up a bit before proceeding. Basically the message I got out of it was simple MIB was opposed to people coming to the island, he stated plainly man was what he was or that people were what they were and would come and fight and destroy.
Jacob points out that it only ends one time and everything before that was progress.
This is the part that stuck with me because if the “you can’t change the past” thing holds true there is no progress, you would continue to be on this never ending time loop where things constantly remain the same with no chance to progress further. It makes me think strongly you can in fact change the past.
Beyond that I wanted to point something out and solicit some feedback. From those of you familiar with the Dharma initiative and what they are. They are at their core Heuristic, which is to say they believe in trial and error. Doing something OVER and OVER again until you get it right. We know this of course because Dharma stands for “Department of Heuristics and Research on Material Applications”.
Would that not tie in perfectly with what Jacob and the MIB were discussing? While Jacob clearly sets into action a chain of events that lead to a possible outcome by doing them again and again progress is made and hopefully a proper conclusion is eventually made. (In our case there may even be something major at stake like the end of the world… possibly tying into the numbers)
So my theory. Jacob brings the Black Rock to the Island by contacting or influencing the captain or his benefactor, or the conditions pertaining to it’s route. He does this, and further guides people along throughout time ensuring that the “right players” arrive at the island when they are supposed to. His hope is that they will learn from their mistakes in life, or from past life cycles in this loop to drive them forward to make the right decision which in turn saves the world… proves MIB wrong or in some other way leads to a positive outcome.
EVEN the Dharma Initiative is brought to the island through his manipulations. They do not just “happen” upon the island and then are granted the right to live there, construct there, and endanger the island and it’s inhabitants which the others have shown clearly they will not tolerate. They have all been brought there, manipulated, and coerced each player with a part. Each part with a purpose.