Man of Science: Evil Incarnate
Is it just me or does it now, in retrospect, seem like Lost was one big bash session on The Man of Science?Â Let’s start at the beginning….like, the real beginning….Adam and Eve.Â We all know the story.Â Eve gets tempted by the Serpent and eats the fruit from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge.Â She thenÂ recruits her man, Adam, to have a bite as well and the rest is, well, biblical history.Â The 2 get banished from the garden and get introduced to pain and suffering.Â Their pursuit of knowledge was their downfall.Â (BTW…is it any coincidence that the smoke monster looks and moves much like a serpent would?Â I doubt it.Â And also how about all of the deals MIB makes?Â Sort of like ‘deals with the devil” no?)Â But I digress….
Let’s see how this storyÂ parallels the story of Lost, shall we?Â OK!Â So we have a mysterious island with a mysterious light at the “heart” of it.Â We are told through others in-the-know that the light is “life, death, rebirth”….let’s call the Light the island’s Tree of Knowlegde for the sake of argument.Â Going into the Light would result in a fate “worse than death” according to Mother.Â What’s worse than death, you ask?Â Maybe an eternity of suffering, much like the fate of man once Adam and Eve dropped the proverbial ball by eating from our sacred Tree.Â Maybe an existence condemned to never “moving on”, to quote one Christian Shepherd.
Whatever the punishment for gaining that knowledge, it remains clear that Lost looks poorly on those Men of Science who are on constant pursuit of whatever it is they need to satisfy their morbid curiosities.Â Our 1st known Man of Science, Adam, AKA Man in Black, didn’t appear to be much of an evil soul.Â He seemed…curious…unsatisfied…but not evil.Â He wanted to leave the island and decided to leave his Mother and brother in a quest for answers and joined another group of people on the island; smart people who were looking for answers and trying to use the island’s properties for the advancement of man.Â The MIB himself referred to these people, his people, as greedy, untrustworthy, manipulative & selfish.Â Strange terms to use to describe the very people you would align yourself with, don’t you think?Â
Flash to a different time on the island….the 1970’s and the arrival of the Dhama Initiative.Â Surprise, surprise, another group of scientists looking to tap into the island’s incredible properties.Â Again, much of what we learned about the Dharma people doesn’t lead us to believe they were all evil, especially early on (1974).Â But by 1977, with progress improving and new findings coming almost daily, we canÂ see a great, if not disastrous change in the demeanors or a few of the head Dharma crew…..most notably someone like Radzinski who seemed almost possessed by the time Dharma was close to hitting the pocket of energy at the Swan station.Â The idea of power (“I came here to change the world, Dr Chang, and that’s exactly what I intend to do!”) can do strange things to a man….it can turn a good, decent man into someone he never thought he could be; it can turn a man into someone who could willingly or unwillingly become man’s own worst enemy.
Was it coincidence that on this very island where the pursuit of knowledge was, if nothing else, greatly discouraged, we encountered some of man’s most self-destructive weapons?Â I doubt it.Â Â A hydrogen bomb; enough C4 to blow a small island to hell; a submarine; a freighter; automatic weapons etc etc.Â I guess the lesson here is that we’re painfully destined to some day eradicate ourselves from this planet with Nuclear weapons or suicide bombings or whatever.Â We are and have been our own worst enemy since the day we started questioning…started learning….started experimenting…even with the best of intentions.Â It always ends the same.Â Everything is a means to an end.
Well, in The End, our ultimate Man of Science finally turns into the Man of Faith and that eventually leads to his eternal happiness and moving on.Â Jack eventually stopped asking questions and started to just believe.Â He started to believe in what Bernard told Juliet, Kate & Sawyer…that all that mattered was the time they spent together.Â That was, in the end, the story of Lost….the time they all spent together.Â Maybe that was the lesson for us all….to stop asking so many damn questions and just enjoy the people.Â I can’t say that I have actuallt Let Go myself just yet.Â I am still like Jack in the FSW….still not ready.Â I still have some questions.Â Ok, A LOT of questions I want answers too.Â And I still don’t feel fully satisfied with the many holes I see in the story from start to finish.Â But I still have faith that I reconcile with Lost and move on….just not for a little while longer.