Remember the Hatch Mural?
One of its most prominent features is the Sun with 108 in the center. I've long believed the mural generally, and that Sun specifically, are a clue to what's happening. Yung's talk of the return of Apollo (the Sun God) got me thinking along those lines again but it wasn't until the Blast Door Map that the Sun's significance was finally illuminated.
In the lower right corner of the Map, there is a possible cite to the Book of Revelation, chapter 4, verse 3, line 2, which reads: "And there was a rainbow about the throne, in sight like an emerald." It lacks any apparent connection to Lost, but appearances can deceive.
New Age Gnosticism and the "Lost Sun"
The "rainbow" in Revelation has been interpreted by new age gnostics
like Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet and Sri Aurobindo as referring to the Sun, with the verse that follows describing the Zodiacal cross of Lion, Calf, Man, and Eagle:
These new age Gnostics believe that humanity is not the final step on the evolutionary scale, merely the starting point for a spiritual evolution that promises to transcend the material limits of creation. They aspire to create a heaven on earth through the forging of a unified, global overmind.
The process of creating this "supramental" consciousness that is the hallmark of spiritual evolution is called restoring the "Lost Sun." That description actually derives from the Rig Veda, a collection of Hindu hymns that are among the oldest texts preserved in any language.
The neo-Gnostics read the Rig Veda as being concerned primarily with the recovery or return of the "Lost Sun," also termed the Sanatana Dharma or Eternal Truth of Being and Becoming. 108 is a scared number in Sanatana Dharma, symbolizing in various ways the underlying order and harmony of the universe.
Dream of a New World Order
This brings me back to the Hatch mural, which I believe depicts Hanso's dream of a new world order. He recruited Dharma during the 1970's, at the height of the cold war, when planetary catastrophe
seemed imminent. Their plan was to sequester a team of scientists on the Island, where they could work in safety on ways to avert the coming disaster.
Like the Grand Inquisitor in the Brothers Karamozov, these Dharma scientists diagnosed humanity's failing as too much freedom. They experimented with using powerful mind-control techniques to forge a new collective global consciousness with the law of Dharma at its core. Dharma sought, in sum, to restore the Lost Sun.
Their crowning achievement was to be creation of psychic messiahs who were mentally connected to the Island, and who would go forth and impose the collective overmind worldwide. But some of the Initiative's participants began to fear that the drastic "cure" of mental slavery was actually worse than the disease.
They rebelled, causing the Cerberus security system to malfunction. THF was forced to call in the army (AL's knife?) which successfully quelled the uprising. But the goverment was alarmed by Dharma's mind-control technology and intrigued by its military-industrial applications. The Dharma Initiative was scrapped and its science quietly coopted for other purposes.
Some participants (Locke and Jack's daddies?) returned to civilization. Others (the Others?) remained behind to build a New Atlantis
removed from the world. They originally staffed Swan Hatch, which preserves the Island's seclusion by wrapping it in a 4-D wrinkle in timespace. They now use Swan as a quarantine area for observing new arrivals to the Island.
The Others impose this quarantine because their minds are linked to one another by exposure to the Island's scalar electromagnetic field. This is why they're so preoccupied with determining who is "good" -- one bad apple can taint the entire collective. This may also explain why they allowed Walt leave the Island -- his rebellious streak proved too difficult to control.
Whatever Happened to Hanso?
Hanso is a powerful psychic whose abilities approximate Magnus/Magneto's from X-Men
. He may be alive but more likely perished on the Island at some point (the AH/MDG Incident?) and was reborn as pure electromagnetic consciousness. He's now an em "ghost" sustained by the same electromagnetic bubble that maintains the Island's wrinkle. Without it, he would dissipate.
As such, Hanso can no longer communicate verbally, and must rely instead on vivid dream visions and hallucinations to make contact psychically. His presence, however, looms large over the Island generally, and Swan specifically. He still longs to reconstitute Dharma and restore the Lost Sun -- but with a new and disturbing twist.
Hanso is disgusted with the way his scientific achievements have been perverted by his military-industrial partners like Paik. They use this technology to maintain their control over the status quo, which is stable but thoroughly corrupt. Like an electromagnetic embodiment of the gnostic demiurge, Hanso has decided to punish humanity for its sins.
He plans to cause the very disaster he once worked so hard to avert. Once society crumbles, his twin messiahs of Aaron and Israel will wander the earth and rebuild the "temple," as prophesied by the Dead Sea Scrolls. Aaron is one such messiah, and with Walt's departure, Sun's child could be the other -- a child of Sun to help restore the Lost Sun.
The Good Guys
The Others were initially unaware of Hanso's transformation and apocalyptic design. Their first warning came when one of their people went crazy while on Hatch duty. This was when they devised the quarantine, which is why there's no mention of the "sickness" in Swan's Orientation. The Others have been reluctant ever since to staff the Hatch themselves.
They now realize that Hanso is using the Numbers in conjunction with his psychic powers to bring people to the Island. They tried to shut the "box" by changing the radio transmission but not before the Numbers escaped to Sam and Lenny. The Numbers are (among other things) a strange attractor
, manifesting randomly in the world once someone like Sam or Hurley "uses" them.
By employing the Numbers as a target code
, Hanso is able view and influence events remotely. The Others, who are themselves psychic, use their collective powers to resist this process. The resulting conflict may explain the Numbers' apparent "bad luck" off the Island.
This conflict continues on the Island, where the Others strive to understand and frustrate Hanso's apocalyptic ambitions. In the first version of this theory, I described the Blast Door Map as the path that Hatch occupants follow to learn about the "important work" being done on the Island. This may well be what Hanso believes and intends.
The Others, however, seem to take serious issue with that belief. The Map thus looks increasingly like a game board, delineating the boundaries of conflict. Perhaps this is why Fenry tried so hard to get Locke to stop pushing the button. The former hoped that destroying Swan (and with it, the Island's wrinkle) would defeat Hanso once and for all.
So why couldn't Fenry do so himself when Locke was trappped under the Blast Door? That would have meant Locke's death, making Fenry a bad person...