Friday, February 19, 2010

"Where They Ought To Be"

While watching this week's episode the old Shaker song "Simple Gifts" popped into my head:

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.

The lyrics seemed to really fit our 815 survivors in that they could use some simplicity in their lives. For another, the connecting multiversal paths that they are on, and their complicated pasts and futures, have them spinning and turning towards some kind of destiny that we and they don't understand yet. It's a gift to be simple: when have our intrepid survivors ever taken the simple path in their lives? Not often really. Tis a gift to be free: most of them search for freedom of a sort, even if it's just from their own pasts. And are they on the island due to their free will? Can they ever find peace in the simplicity of finding inner freedom? I hope so, they've been through such an awful lot.

It's as if they are on some kind of cosmic multi-helix and all of their actions in however many universes that they are living in, are twisting and turning around some axis of purpose. The way that Flocke explained to James his three choices on the island (and in life?), every choice gave the opportunity to spiral off into a separate reality. Buy maybe Flocke failed to tell James that no matter what he chose, eventually he would end up at the same endpoint, via course correction. Maybe the only thing we really choose, is how easy or painful it is to get to that last outcome that is our destiny. Our lives can get off-track and we miss out on opportunities, but can other blessings replace the ones that we lost in the past when we get back on the path? Are the substitute blessings equivalent in some purpose to the "originals"?

Even James seemed to be on a helix of two or three twisting ladders at the same time in this episode. And his two monikers and personalities even twist around the central core of whoever James really is.

When the 815 survivors are finished bending and turning and twisting on the helix of their complicated lives, will some magic door open to let them know that they are on the right path? TPTB keep telling us that they have a destiny. I'm guessing that their destiny is the core around which their parallel universes are spiraling, like the helix, and no matter how fast they may spin around it, their true paths will never veer off course, whether they live or die on the island. Maybe it's time to stop fighting life, to bend and bow with the choices, to finally find themselves in "the place just right." To go with the flow, as Flocke said to James.


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Greg Tramel said...

like the double helix allusion

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