The Lost Moth and the wisdom of John Locke

The Lost Moth and the wisdom of John Locke

After flicking excitedly through the new and updated Netflix, a TV show called Lost caught my eye.

Have you seen Lost? It used to be on Channel 4 back in 2005, but you had to be quick to catch it, as it soon moved over to Sky1 when the popular programme poachers began their mission towards ‘terrestrial termination’. Sigh. Who had Sky television in 2005, seriously?! People too busy generating their Sky-affording wage to ever have time to watch it, that’s who!

I used to watch the first series religiously on Channel 4 at 9pm every Wednesday. Even now my brain deems this information essential enough to keep it in some sort of useless time-portal calendar. It is hard to believe this was eight and a half years ago, but I suppose plot details were fuzzy enough for that to seem accurate. What I do remember; is how genuinely surprised I was by how frustrating, but brilliant, the cliff-hanger endings to each episode were.

Oh Netflix, I was so excited for this opportunity to relive my desert island fling from a previous decade. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I find that, with most things in life, something you are reading or watching on television tends to relate to issues in your personal life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying my life has resembled a life changing plane crash, where I survived to find myself trapped on a desert island in the middle of nowhere. However, certain things are made relatable, such as the ability to adapt and stay positive, dealing with loss etc.

I have never had to overcome an addiction before, but can you imagine being addicted to heroine and then being trapped on a desert island? This episode is by far my favourite episode of Lost; where a character called Charlie starts to run out of his heroine stash. A character called John, both older and wiser, tells Charlie to give him the drugs; to give them up by choice rather than force. He offers Charlie the option to ask for them back three times, and on the third time, John will give them back.

A very nice idea because everyone has moments of weakness, I imagine those moments come more violently when suffering symptoms of heroine withdrawal.

The second time Charlie asks for his drugs back, John says “Let me show you something, Charlie…” and leads him to a cocoon hanging on a branch:

“You see this little hole? This moth’s just about to emerge. It’s in there right now, struggling. It’s digging it’s way through the thick hide of the cocoon. Now, I could help it – take my knife, gently widen the opening, and the moth would be free – but it would be too weak to survive. Struggle is nature’s way of strengthening it. Now this is the second time you’ve asked me for your drugs back… ask me again, and it’s yours.”

Struggle is nature’s way of making you stronger. Such a nice message to send out to a lot of my friends right now who are struggling to find work, get mortgages, have babies. You name it, I think this is such a relevant thought for anybody having a hard time.

I highly recommend getting stuck back into some Lost, whether you’re watching it for the first time or refreshing it in your mind, it is a great show to escape to. The script is as beautiful as the acting and the art direction.

Do you have any favourite quotes from tv shows?