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Originally posted by DARKCYDE_CROWLEY
Don't forget the similarity in character names to famous philosophers and scientists.
Assorted writings on the checkered pavement:
Originally posted by awake_awoke
I do have a question though as to the exact definition of the Checkerboard floor in Masonry.......
The Mosaic Pavement is a representation of the ground-floor of King Solomon's Temple...
The Mosaic Pavement is emblematical of human life, checkered with good and evil...
As the steps of man are tried in the various and uncertain incidents of life; as our days are checkered with a strange contrariety of events, and our passage through this existence, though sometimes attended with prosperous circumstances, is often beset by a multitude of evils; hence is the Lodge furnished with Mosaic work, to remind us of the precariousness of our state on earth: to-day, our feet tread in prosperity; to-morrow, we totter on the uneven paths of weakness, temptation, and adversity. While this emblem is before us, we are instructed to boast of nothing; to have compassion, and give aid to those who are in adversity; to walk uprightly, and with humility; for such is this existence, that there is no station in which pride can be stably founded: all men, in birth and in the grave, are on a level. While we tread on this Mosaic work, let our ideas return to the original, which it copies; and let every Freemason act as the dictates of reason prompt him to live in brotherly love.*
The pavement, alternately black and white, symbolizes, whether so intended or not, the Good and Evil Principles of the Egyptian and Persian creed. It is the warfare of Michael and Satan, of the Gods and Titans, of Balder and Lok; between light and shadow, which is darkness; Day and Night; Freedom and Despotism; Religious Liberty and the Arbitrary Dogmas of a Church that thinks for its votaries, and whose Pontiff claims to be infallible, and the decretals of its Councils to constitute a gospel.*
Mosaic or chequered pavement represents this world, which, though chequered over with good and evil, yet brethren may walk together thereon and not stumble...*
The Floor, or groundwork of the Lodge, a chequer-work of black and white squares, denotes the dual quality of everything connected with terrestrial life and the physical groundwork of human nature—the mortal body and its appetites and affections. "The web of our life is a mingled yarn, good and ill together," wrote Shakespeare. Everything material is characterized by inextricably interblended good and evil, light and shade, joy and sorrow, positive and negative. What is good for me may be evil for you; pleasure is generated from pain and ultimately degenerates into pain again; what it is right to do at one moment may be wrong the next; I am intellectually exalted to-day and to-morrow correspondingly depressed and benighted. The dualism of these opposites governs us in everything, and experience of it is prescribed for us until such time as, having learned and outgrown its lesson, we are ready for advancement to a condition where we outgrow the sense of this chequer-work existence and those opposites cease to be perceived as opposites, but are realized as a unity or synthesis. To find that unity or synthesis is to know the peace which passes understanding—i.e. which surpasses our present experience, because in it the darkness and the light are both alike, and our present concepts of good and evil, joy and pain, are transcended and found sublimated in a condition combining both. And this lofty condition is represented by the indented or tesselated border skirting the black and white chequer-work, even as the Divine Presence and Providence surrounds and embraces our temporal organisms in which those opposites are inherent.
Why is the chequer floor-work given such prominence in the Lodge-furniture? The answer is to be found in the statement in the Third Degree Ritual: "The square pavement is for the High Priest to walk upon." Now it is not merely the Jewish High Priest of centuries ago that is here referred to, but the individual member of the Craft. For every Mason is intended to be the High Priest of his own personal temple and to make of it a place where he and Deity may meet. By the mere fact of being in this dualistic world every living being, whether a Mason or not, walks upon the square pavement of mingled good and evil in every action of his life, so that the floor-cloth is the symbol of an elementary philosophical truth common to us all. But, for us, the words "walk upon" imply much more than that. They mean that he who aspires to be master of his fate and captain of his soul must walk upon these opposites in the sense of transcending and dominating them, of trampling upon his lower sensual nature and keeping it beneath his feet in subjection and control. He must become able to rise above the motley of good and evil, to be superior and indifferent to the ups and downs of fortune, the attractions and fears governing ordinary men and swaying their thoughts and actions this way or that. His object is the development of his innate spiritual potencies, and it is impossible that these should develop so long as he is over-ruled by his material tendencies and the fluctuating emotions of pleasure and pain that they give birth to. It is by rising superior to these and attaining serenity and mental equilibrium under any circumstances in which for the moment he may be placed, that a Mason truly "walks upon" the chequered groundwork of existence and the conflicting tendencies of his more material nature.*
Originally posted by Mr Mask
The only thing I am 100% sure of is this-
When the man-in-black is finally named, we will reconise the name either from the show or from some mythology.
Originally posted by awake_awoke
Rhea Silvia was Romulus and Remus' mother, not Claudia.
Originally posted by blujay
I went back to watch the whole thing again, season by season... even in the first season, there are so many hints.
This show is brilliantly written. The way John Locke was 'killed' was that the smoke monster posed as Jack's father in the cabin and told John to move the island. Then 'John' (smoke monster) went to John via Richard, when he was in the future for a moment, and had Richard tell John he had to die to save everyone.
So the smoke monster now had a body. He had to have John Locke's body for a reason... that reason I don't know yet. But he could have had any body that had died there, but he chose John's.
I'd go on, but I am at work and I must now focus on boring a$$ spreadsheets and analyses... eeeewwwwwww
* We are left with the possibility that the evil life force (black smoke) existed before Jacobs brother was thrown into the lake as it is pretty clear in my opinion, that when their real mother appeared to MIB she was that evil force and pretty much set him on a journey which would eventually set the evil free.
* Was it Gazrok who asked how is it that MIB's body was buried and his corpse is clearly there when we see him appear later? That's very simple. It is the evil life force using Jacob's brothers body to manipulate him, it is the only theory that makes sense. It also explains why there is no brotherly bond between the two in the future, Jacob shows affection towards his brother even up until the time he is 'burying' him, while in the future it is quite obvious from their conversations that Jacob knows it isn't really his brother. This supports the theory in the previous post, the evil life force used their real mothers body to help Jacob's brother get it to escape. This evil life force can only inhibit the dead... Jacob's real mother, Jacob's brother, Christian and finally John Locke. Further, just how the evil life force used Locke's appearance even though his body was clearly dead, it uses Jacob's brothers appearance even though his body is clearly dead. It makes perfect sense, Jacob's brother and the evil life force are NOT one in the same.
As for MIB's name. Personally, I don't think the producers will ever actually reveal it and here's why. His anonymity is important, its symbolic of the passive spiritual possessiveness of the evil life force (smokey). The evil life force inhibits everyone from his fake mother (not confirmed) to John Locke. You can't give something like that a permanent identity. I think the fact that the first persona we as viewers so far have been shown, to have been inhibited by this life force was Jacob's brother, the relationship is there, however temporary. For that reason, and for no other reason can I think of why they won't or have not revealed his name so far. Keep in mind though, his fake mother was never actually shown giving him a name, Jacob never calls him by a name... is it a stretch to conclude that he has no name? I prefer to go with the symbolism of anonymity.