How many of you are hooked on the TV series “Lost”? It’s easy to get roped in. It’s a riveting mystery that raises profound philosophical and theological questions. Can we change the future, or is everything predetermined? How do we know what we know? Faith or Science?
Devoted fans await the final episode which is supposed to solve all the mysteries and answer all the questions. Oscar Dahl, however, says that is not what is going to happen, and that is not the point of “Lost.” He writes:
“Over six seasons, the [creators of the program] have sprinkled little bread-crumb trails leading fans to philosophies and theories that may or may not have anything to do with what is actually happening on ‘Lost.’ As such, many fans assume that the mysteries will be solved by the end of this final season. They are wrong. Mysteries will not be solved. Answers will not be given. And that’s just fine.
“At its basest level, ‘Lost’ is about life. The island is a microcosm of our everyday existenceâ€¦ but the feeling of not knowing anything, of being entirely confused, of struggling with meaning, of searching for answers to unknowable questions, is universal. Life is like being on the island â€” we don’t know why we’re here, we don’t really know what to do, but we still search for answers. And we often fail, even with the best intentions in mind.”
Dahl’s suggestion may be correct, and it would be very post-modern of the producers if they do in fact leave the questions unanswered. Nevertheless, I feel certain that I won’t be the only one who will be disappointed if they do.