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ABC’s LOST: the ultimate theory and explanation


I submit to you that the light is…. time.

How is that for an abrupt answer?

Arhg.... time isn't on my side.

Now think of what Jacob’s mother told him about the light in the episode “Across the Sea” she tells Jacob and his brother in black they must never enter the cave. The Boy in Black says that it is beautiful, she agrees and tells them that a little bit of the same light that is in the cave is inside every man but that people always want more. Mother says… that while the other people can’t take the light, they might try and if the light goes out here it goes out everywhere.

Think about it, don’t we all wish we had more time? And if we could make time wouldn’t we make more, and more, and more?? We could never get enough. And she wasn’t being purely philosophical when she said that a little bit of that light is in every man because every living human has a little bit of time left (be it an hour, or be it 100 years) but we always lust for more. That’s why we have sayings like, “if I could just make some time”, “there is never enough time in the day”. But even more importantly, if we could manipulate goodness would we travel in time? Of course not. The light is time, NOT goodness.

If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I'd like to do, is to save everyday till eternity passes away
If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I’d like to do, is to save everyday till eternity passes away…


Here is a tidbit about time from wikipedia…

Einstein showed that if time and space is measured using electromagnetic phenomena (like light bouncing between mirrors) then due to the constancy of the speed of light, time and space become mathematically entangled together in a certain way (called Minkowski space) which in turn results in Lorentz transformation and in entanglement of all other important derivative physical quantities (like energy, momentum, mass, force, etc.) in a certain 4-vectorial way (see special relativity for more details).

Therefore light is time, and conversely time is light, (also note the reference to mirrors in the common explanation for time. For six seasons they showed us our favorite characters looking at their reflections in various mirrors, in essence they were looking at a past version of themselves in time which symbolizes the struggle we all have with our past).

When physicists attempt to visualize time it sorta looks like a hourglass. (see image below)

Now just imagine what you could do if you could channel the flow of time by slowing or speeding the passage through the center.
Just imagine what you could do if you could alter the flow of time by slowing or speeding the passage through the center. Maybe like with a cork?

We can measure time in various ways…

  • Hourglasses (like the one above)
  • Grandfather clocks with chains and weights (more on these later)
  • Watches, with gears and magnets (magnets and electromagnetism are important time keeping tools)
  • Pendulum clocks (such as the one in Eloise’s church)
  • Atomic clocks
  • Water clocks (invented by the Egyptians)

All of these types of clocks are present or hinted at throughout the six seasons of LOST.

With all of this in mind it leads us to the story behind the story of LOST. To do this we must make some educated assumptions but I think you will find that this theory makes the entire six seasons of LOST come to life and all the puzzles pieces fit together like a glove.

451 thoughts on “ABC’s LOST: the ultimate theory and explanation”

  1. So at the end and in the church, everyone’s pass was resolved and they were able to move on which was what? Why didn’t Ben join the group? So what happened to Vincent? Also what you are saying is that, there was a time difference for each one as to when they were actually dead and would go to the church and when they all had died, then they would go to the church. Was Boune’s sister in the church?

  2. There were a few eps in the second and third seasons where a plane crash underwater was mentioned (by people outside of our original group of passengers only), and it was flight 815. All the bodies were there. How is this explained within your theory?

  3. I’m halfway into watching season 2. I watched Lost when it came out. Totally didnt have a clue then. Now, with 15 years of living, learning, making mistakes behind me, I see! I see! At least the twist & turns don’t trip me up any more. I can see my life that I’m living now, my past, in Jin & Sun’s battles with their past

  4. Just finished watching it. And yes, I had heard the spoiler that “they were dead the whole time” which kinda ruined it for me because I kept waiting for that shoe to drop and it didnt. They were NOT dead the whole time. It was also difficult to wrap my mind around the alternate universe/purgatory while the same characters were still living on the island. When Christian said at the end that there “is no now”, then that made sense everyone had died at different times and ended up at the church with Jack to help him move on much like Rose in Titanic. I think because Jack was clearly a non-believer up to a certain point, it was harder for him to accept the afterlife. The DVD contains a short feature on what happened AFTER the end where Walt becomes the protector. I liked that and I’m glad they added it in.

  5. This may have already been addressed, but why is Penny in the church at the end? She was not dead. Ben threatened to kill Penny as he believed Charles Whitmore was responsible for Alex’s death, but he never went through with it. Instead, he accepted the fact that he was the cause of Alex’s death, not Whitmore. Therefore, Penny should still be alive. Am I missing something?

  6. great insights!!
    Regardless of the vehicle used in the series, to me it was all about the title.
    All these people were truly lost in their lives, suffering tremendously due to their own doing or circumstances. They were pathless and leading to self destruction. To find their way back to balance and happiness they had to confront their greatest fears and let go of the things they should stop to try to control, that are actually controlling them. The island is an evolving mechanism with a variety of pitfall for them that they must endure and overcome. Once they let go they find inner peace, and meaning to their lives and experiences, and a shared love of life and people they have known.
    Just my take:)

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