Richard, immortality and The Green Mile.
Richard asks for his wife back and Jacob says no. (This would be happiness)
Richard asks for absolution and Jacob says no. (This would be spiritual happiness)
Richard at this point has lost hope and wants pain therefore wants punishment forever and asks for immortality. Jacob says yes.
Is Richard being punished?
I believe being immortal and regretting the death of the woman you love IS punishment.
We know Stephen King is a big influence on the writers of lost.
Have you read the Green Mile? Have you watched the film? Tom Hanks character essentially kills an angel….his punishment???? IMMORTALITY!
Therefore to give someone immortality must be a bad thing, only an evil person would do that.
JACOB IS EVIL.