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Date Posted: 06:08:41 04/12/06 Wed
Subject: Re: Theories of Lost and Dave
In reply to:
's message, "Theories of Lost and Dave" on 22:39:49 04/11/06 Tue
In your other post, you mentioned The Matrix. I thought exactly the same thing but decided not to bring it up since I didn't want to feed the alreadly likely impression around here that I'm a big ol' Matrix geek who sees Matrix stuff everywhere.
Of course that's sort of true, but...
Of the various theories that I've considered over the last two years re: Lost, the one that I keep coming back to is the one that this episode reinforces. Namely, that these people are all dead (to our universe, anyway), and this is the afterlife.
The elegant thing (conceptionally/philosophically) about the Wachowski's Matrix universe is the idea that everything is a program, with the "gods" (such as the Oracle and the Architect) being the really heavy-duty coders and there then being a number of other programmers of gradual lesser ability. (Neo became a third such high-power programmer.) Also, key to the construct is the idea that there are huge numbers of smaller programs within larger programs within still larger ones and on and on.
Let's add in a bit of Eastern religious thought (which the Matrix trilogy did in the last two films, btw) and assume that all the people on the island are "dead". Where are they now? They have moved on into another universe (another program) which is sustained by the collective unconscious of all the people in the universe (in this case, the island and whatever surrounds it, ocean etc.)
This explains many, if not all, of the various weird events-- the polar bear, the black smoke, the "beast" that we still have never seen.
The significance of the numbers? It may indeed be Hurley's contribution to the mix, since he appears to be both the source of them (when you think about it) and the fact that he is unquestionably obsessed with them. Up until now we haven't seen the full story about his time in the mental hospital, so it was harder to make the connection.
Now, are "The Others" aware of the nature of the universe they inhabit? Or are they just another faction (a subroutine, in program-speak) looking to focus their needs and wants into coherency, with it being messed up by the (sub)conscious minds of the islands other inhabitants.
Think about what it would mean if someone else could literally think/reprogram your universe into something other than it usually is. Of course, many people believe that this is God's job, but personally I think I'd find that kind of scary. If no one ever challenges God about the job s/he's doing, then how will things ever improve if the result is less than the best?
And of course-- just what is "the best"?
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