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Soulful Concerns


LOST producers/writer Carlton Cuse (L) & Damon Lindelof (R) speak out about the spiritual elements of the show.

Quote from Entertainment Weekly magazine
May 19, 2006, Special LOST Collector's Edition

Lost's shepherds are deep-thinking guys whose soulful concerns are imprinted on the show. Lindelof, 33, and Cuse, 47, both speak of spiritual awakenings during adulthood; they aspire to use Lost as a vehicle to tell stories of redemption and, according to Cuse, explore the question of ''how does one lead a life.'' During the show's conception, Lindelof was grappling with an array of internal debates prompted by the death of his father. At the same time, he was falling in love with his future wife, and finding the spiritual connection he was seeking through exposure to her Catholic beliefs. ''For me,'' he says, ''Lost is about meaning — and the search for meaning.''

Meaningless? (An Essay on LOST)

Mr. Eko's words to John Locke ring in my ears..."So let me ask you, how can you say this is meaningless?"

If we're honest, I think we all have a little bit of Eko in us. We all know deep down that there must be some sort of meaning in this life. For some, this may be more confusing or difficult than it is for others. The idea of meaning and purpose behind life's events brings up more questions than answers. Many of life's events don't seem to make sense. It doesn't seem possible for them to fit in a bigger picture.

The mythology of LOST is brilliantly anchored in our real world and allows us to participate with characters as they struggle with questions surrounding the circumstances of life. Many of these thematic elements of LOST parallel what goes on in each of our real lives. Isn't this why we all find the show so compelling? Isn't this why we find most STORIES compelling?

Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof, the primary producers/writers of LOST, are not afraid to acknowledge the fact that we are more than mere flesh and blood. They develop their characters like real people who have genuine interests in and questions about deeper, even spiritual things and the meaning and purpose of life. Rose, Charlie, Eko, and Locke are just a few of the characters that have been processing their journey on the show in a spiritual context.

I have created this blog as a means of entering into a dialogue with our friends about spiritual themes as we journey along together with the castaways on the show. As the administrator of this blog, I carry with me the personal conviction that everything does indeed happen for a reason and that we each have the opportunity for personal redemption in this life. I feel like I have found my path and I love to talk about it. I am not easily offended and am always eager to discuss some of the more important topics related to real life stuff. What a great encouragement would it be to see Lost fans begin discussions about the translations of themes from the screen to the real world! Won't you join me?
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