Right and Wrong, Good and Evil, B&W, those are not such simple matters…
Written 24th March
Ever since MIB was introduced, I see a lot of talking about right and wrong, good and evil, one dressed in black, the other dressed in white, and so on. I have been a big fan of Lost for a while, and tell you what: of all things that could happen to make me very disappointed with Lost, the worst one would be to end up with such infantile, simple definitions of right and wrong, evil and good. That’s even worst than spaceships and hell.
Lost has always been very well connected with history and religion, and when the series explores those matters it truly becomes great. Frankly, I miss those episodes on the first seasons when religion, symbolism and all those things were more discussed.
But to get to the point. Good and Evil are not such simple things. I believe we should expect more from MIB. He’s not going to end up as just a simple personification of evil. In the same way, Jacob doesn’t seem to be such an angel. I like to think that some of what MIB said is actually true: maybe they are locked (“John Locked”) in the Island, maybe this is all Jacob’s doing, and maybe, just maybe, it is for nothing (or for very little).
I for one have been thinking that Jacob is quite arrogant. Specially on last night’s episode. He says thinks like “If I had to say what to do, it wouldn’t make sense”, he nearly drowns Ricardus to show him he is alive, and is always so confident. We also see MIB asking Jacob to let him free, and he denies. And that’s all in only one episode. So it is likely that Jacob is not that perfect.
I’m not saying I believe in what I am about to say, but it’s a possibility that Jacob created this whole thing (maybe even the Island), and created this game and those rules, just to prove his thoughts about mankind. Maybe he forced people to play this game (and many have died). In the same way that Jacob “touched” Richard and gave him a gift, I even wonder if he didn’t “touch” MIB and forced him to become the “opposite side”, the “enemy”, giving him the job to destroy, kill, question, and contradict. Maybe MIB doesn’t even like doing it, but it’s his job, while Jacob tries to prove him wrong. All because Jacob was bored and alone once upon a time in the Island.
(how the Island was created, and how it was done, I don’t know and don’t want to get to that matter – but supporting some of the theories about parallel universes and dimensions, maybe the first one to join that dimension had the chance to create it as he wanted to…)
If you come to think about it, there’s a lot of that in religion. People seem to forget that Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, and Islam are all monotheist religions. That means only one God. There’s no such thing as God versus Devil. There’s only God. And even if the Devil exists, it is because God created him. And if evil exists, it is because God decided it should. Religious people just have a hard time thinking about it, because it is much easier to blame the Devil for someone’s death, a war, or even an earth-quake, than to accept that it is much likely God’s will, and not the Devil’s (that is only if you are religious and believes in Gods interference, otherwise you can believe that neither God nor the Devil have anything to do with it, which is quite easier for me).
So, if I may leave such a controversial opinion in my first post, I suggest that people think better and deeper about Good and Evil, and that we all “pray” that the series doesn’t end with such simple definitions. It would be a shame for such a complex history.
* To complete my talk about religion’s influence on Lost, I would like to suggest everyone to read a bit more about religion. You will be surprised how many connections to Lost come up. A good start is Wikipedia’s article about JACOB. You will find out, for example, that Jacob had a twin brother, called Esau, and that Esau was born first and for that deserved their father’s blessing. However, Jacob’s mother and himself deceived their father when he was blind, and Jacob was blessed instead (which turned Esau into his enemy). Also, Jacob was more of a simpler, quieter guy, while Esau was a hunter and adventurer. You will also find out that Jacob had twelve son’s, the last one being named Benjamin. And to no surprise at all, you will find out that Jacob traveled to Egypt at some point in life and even died in there. Anyone noticed the big statue looks like the Egyptian God Anubis?