LOST thoughts: story vs proposition

This week’s episode of LOST was billed as one that would tackle the mythology of the island, explaining the origins of Jacob and his as yet unnamed brother (or he-who-would-become-Smokey.) While it would be quite an undertaking to begin to summarize Across The Sea, what stood out to me was the concept of story vs. proposition.

No doubt, many LOST devotees were tuning in looking for answers – who are these guys, where did they come from, what’s their beef with one another, and how does it all tie in with the story of the present-day castaways? But as the episode went on, it quickly became apparent that this information was probably not going to be doled out to the fullest extent of our expectations, and even the information that was given might not be 100% trustworthy due to the fact that it was offered up by a woman clearly not dealing with a full deck.

At one point, said crazy lady offers up the following response to a soon-to-be victim of her craziness: Every question I answer will simply lead to another question. Maybe this was offered up to fans of the show as a way of saying “don’t expect all your questions to be answered in the next 4.5 hours of viewing”, but I also believe that these words speak into the deeper questions that we all have about life and faith and the world in which we live.

We live in the midst of a world filled with universal tensions [good/evil, light/dark] that can only be played out within the context of story. Facts and propositions, while informative, do not have the power to transform us. LOST shows us that we are meant to decide which end of the spectrum we will choose to pursue, and that this can only be played out through the joys and pains of life and within the context of community.

Some wanted a recitation of facts and propositions about the island and the characters whose struggle is behind the overarching narrative of the show, and what we got was some brilliant story-telling that encourages us to expand our imagination and consider the part that others will play in the story.

Sound familiar?

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