I have a confession. If you know me you won’t be surprised by this at all. I loved LOST. I talked about it, analyzed it, thought up theories, read other people’s theories online, and am one of those Christians who drew spiritual parallels out of every episode. It was a great TV show. I have had about a month and a half now to really think on the finale, and the whole series, and I am going to offer up my thoughts on it.
In the end LOST surprised me. It surprised me, and I don’t really know why. I should have seen it coming. The show that introduced us to the rag tag castaways, all with crazy issues, all thrown together on a crazy island, ended up not being about the crazy island after all, but about the community those people created to survive and thrive the crazy.
All season long people were speculating about answers, and twists, and asking themselves, “how are the writers going to tie this up with no lose ends?” They didn’t. They didn’t have to. They just said, “thanks for speculating, but you missed the point of the show, here it is, its about these people helping each other be better people.” Looking at the whole show through that lens really excites me.
So what? Its only a TV show.
But isn’t it great when entertainment challenges you, makes you think about life in a different way?
Obviously I am not going to end up on some deserted island where there are polar bears, crazy “others”, and Evangeline Lilly (although this scenario is sounding pretty cool). But, what I take away from my years as a LOST fan is this: life is crazy, everything may or may not get wrapped up neatly, you may have questions that never get answered, but in the end, none of that is going to matter, because life isn’t about answers or lose ends, its about the people you are around.
When our stories end, what will matter? It is hard to think about that in the day to day routine of life, but if we don’t, we may end up missing what is really important.
I am glad that I watched LOST, it was entertaining, made me think about spiritual things, and in the end, challenged me to remember what life should be about, only the things that are eternal.