This is in response to thoughts about previous civilizations that Dabs mentioned in my “Time and Tide” post. This is again based on “The Fall of Chronopolis.” I left this out of that post figuring that I could bring it up in comments if warranted. On further thought it can stand alone as a theory.
In “The Fall of Chronopolis” the Chronotic Empire seeks to extend it’s control and religion to all points in time. The Empire runs into trouble when it attempts to convert and conquer the Hegemony. They end up fighting a time war were attacks are actually attempts to alter the enemy’s past. By the end of the book it is learned that people in the future have actually isolated the tizme war of the Chronotic Empire and lets it play out over and over as an example of why time travel and changing the past is dangerous.
And so to maybe Lost is a cautionary tale. Perhaps the civilizations that were there before misused the Island and that is why they fell. And this may be Nemesis’ real disagreement with Jacobs. Nemesis may be more concerned with misuse of the Island’s properties and doesn’t want to open the door to further misuse. In the end maybe Lost is cautioning us to not misuse the tools and gifts we are given.