LOST in Translation: The Law of Fives

“The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5.

The Law of Fives is never wrong.”

—Malaclypse the Younger , Principia Discordia

Season Six begins in five very long and painstaking days. The showrunners, Team Darlton as they are referred to by the Lost Obsessed, have stated, mostly in esoteric fashion, that the final season will be thematically similar to season one. Six minus one makes five. Malaclypse would be proud.

The Law of Fives observes that when one looks for fives in reality, one finds them. At its basic level, the Law of Fives is a practical demonstration that perception, and therefore reality itself is intent-sensitive.

For those of us who mull over the various theories and conspiracies that LOST inspires, therein lies the rub. It’s all about perception and these “shared reality tunnels” that we find ourselves in.

Each theorist comes at LOST with their own set of senses, experiences, and conditioning, just as the creators and writers have their own reality matrix through which they have filtered their thoughts and expressions.

In the end, there can be no objective truth because both the creator and the audience will view the material, the artistic expression if you will, through their own unique experience.

Robert Anton Wilson emphasized in his writings that each person’s reality tunnel is their own artistic creation, whether they realize it or not. In a sense, LOST is a phenomena that will be different to all those who observe it, whether it be the ones crafting the show or those experiencing it at home from the comfort of their sofa.

Will that change once the final season plays out? Will our “reality tunnels” converge into the observation of an objective truth?

I doubt it.

LOST lends itself to interpretation, and will continue to do so even after the series finale. I suspect we will be dissecting it long after the series is over, perhaps even for years to come.

The key, for me, is not in how LOST ends. It has been the journey that has fulfilled me and as the door closes on this show another will open. The journey will continue…



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