Friday, May 15, 2009

LOST Prologue 05: Converge

"For Teilhard, the noosphere is best described as a sort of 'collective consciousness' of human-beings. It emerges from the interaction of human minds. The noosphere has grown in step with the organization of the human mass in relation to itself as it populates the earth. As mankind organizes itself in more complex social networks, the higher the noosphere will grow in awareness. This is an extension of Teilhard's Law of Complexity/Consciousness, the law describing the nature of evolution in the universe. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin added that the noosphere is growing towards an even greater integration and unification, culminating in the Omega point, which he saw as the goal of history. The goal of history, then, is an apex of thought/consciousness."



"What about you?"


“Teilhard imagines a critical threshold, Omega Point, in which mankind will have reached its highest point of complexification (socialization) and thus its highest point of consciousness. At this point consciousness will rupture through time and space and assert itself on a higher plane of existence from which it can not come back.



So, why Pierre Teilhard de Chardin? Walk with me.

Jacob is sitting on a park bench, waiting for John Locke to be pushed out of an office building and die. He's going to bring him back to life when it happens. How odd; he's not going to heal his spine.

In the meantime, he's killing time until Cooper kills his son. He's reading a book, holding it up so you can read the cover and be momentarily impressed by him. Flannery O'Connor's book of short stories, Everything That Rises Must Converge. The title story is about the post-segregation South, back when the corpse of Jim Crow was still warm. It's about the difficulty of human contact between white and black. It's about fear of The Other.

The title was taken from a passage by Teilhard, the Jesuit priest who got in some hot water with the Catholic church by suggested that creation wasn't done, and that humanity was, in fact, evolving toward something. He called that something the Omega Point, the purpose of creation. He suggested that it is drawing itself to us from the future, and once we arrive, we'll become something else.

What is Jacob up to?

Why doesn't he heal Locke?

Why does he stay in the shadows? Why does he only show himself to a chosen few prophets?

Why doesn't he ever show himself to Ben? One minute of his time would have been enough to prevent a stabbing. Ben was so hungry for his attention, his approval. Would it have really been that hard to do?

Perhaps it all comes down to choice.

"Whatever you've been told," Jacob said, "You have a choice."

Ben thought that the island had told him to follow Locke. But that had been the dark brother. Perhaps Jacob knew that this moment needed to come. Perhaps he needed to leave it up to Ben.

How many times has this happened? How many times has Ben had a choice to make? Evolution takes a long time. After a while, the best traits win. The best genes. The best organisms. The best ideas.

The best choices.

As Jacob prepares for another turn of destiny's wheel, as this Omega Point draws people once more to him, is he surprised by the choices from the time before? Does he wonder at the intricacy of the tapestry, and how slowly it moves, how surprisingly the smallest choices make the thread wend in new directions?

He draws them here, with little pushes, to his laboratory. Here, where perhaps the Fall of Man is not something that happened, but something that happens. Or, perhaps, someday . . . doesn't.

He leaves them choice. The tree of life? Or the tree of knowledge?

Is he proud of Bernard and Rose for stepping out of the endless struggle and enjoying life and love? Is he proud of his Adam and Eve, who have chosen wisely?

He brings these people here to lead their lives. He heals some. He allows others to die. He helps some on a healthy course. He allows others to keep their demons.

He preserves choice. Above all, inside and outside and throughout time, however much his dark brother hates him for it, he preserves choice. And waits for perfection.

"What about me?" asks Ben.

Yes, exactly, thinks Jacob. Sincerely curious.

Yes. "What about you?"


Next: Wrong

Prelude 01: Bad Twin
Prelude 02: Wheel
Prelude 03: Push
Prelude 04: Deep Magic


SirFWALGMan said...

Do you have a job?

Julius_Goat said...

No, nothing on the book of Job, though I did see parallels.

I'll leave that one to you.

1Queens Up1 said...


Tmo said...

Couldn't wait to watch the finale so I could come here and read your posts. Probably shouldn't have started watching at 11:00 last night; couldn't sleep for hours thinking of all that happened.

"He brings these people here to lead their lives. He heals some. He allows others to die. He helps some on a healthy course. He allows others to keep their demons."

But does Jacob do anything once the people he has chosen are on the island? Are we sure he was the one who healed/resurrected Locke (and Ben)? It seems that that things we once attributed to Jacob are more likely the work of his brother: smoke monster, voice in the cabin, apparitions of dead people.

So great to see Bernard and Rose living happily in their retirement. But really they hid from DI (and a systematically searching Jin) just 5 miles away from the Swan?

Favorite line: "I don't speak destiny"