'Lost': The 'Third' World?

Lost | 'THE INCIDENT' Doc J thinks Juliet's conversation about her parents' divorce could be very significant for understanding Lost 6.0's parallel world schism
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'THE INCIDENT' Doc J thinks Juliet's conversation about her parents' divorce could be very significant for understanding Lost 6.0's parallel world schism
There is an even better metaphor for Lost 6.0's parallel world schism — a metaphor that Lost itself has been hitting pretty hard since last year's season finale. Finally, this brings us back to Juliet and ''The Incident.'' In the flashback, we see Juliet as a young girl, sitting in the living room with her sister, Rachel, and parents. Mom and Dad tell the girls that they are getting divorced. The conversation:

MOTHER: We need you both to understand that your father and I...we still love each other. Just because two people love each other, doesn't always mean they're supposed to be together.
JULIET: But what if you are supposed to be together?
MOTHER: We're not, honey.
JULIET: But how can you know for sure?
MOTHER: We just know.... And when you're a grown-up, you'll understand.
JULIET: I don't wanna understand!

At that point, Juliet storms out of the room in tears. Her mother calls after her to wait. Juliet does not obey. ''I don't wanna understand!'' she says one more time. End of flashback, and soon thereafter, the end of Juliet.

I'm not passing judgment on divorce. There are many compelling reasons why people in bad marriages should get divorced. But I think we can all agree that the concept of divorce is unfortunate. Besides, as the guy in the collar says at the ceremony: ''What God has brought together, let no man put asunder,'' right? Young Juliet seemed to believe that to be true, though her righteous conviction evolved and cooled as she got older, bringing her to a place that sounded like so much wisdom when she dumped Sawyer:

JULIET: What we had, it was just for a little while, and just because we love each other, it doesn't mean that we're meant to be together. I mean, maybe we were never supposed to be together. So if Jack can make it that — that none of you ever come here, then he should.
SAWYER: Why you doing this, Juliet?
JULIET: If I never meet you, then I never have to lose you.

Here's the thing, kids. Juliet was wrong. I know some Juliet partisans think the lady can do no wrong, but here, Juliet was espousin' some stinkin' thinkin'. That wasn't wisdom — that was cynicism. She committed the sin that she accused her parents of making as a child. She gave up on love and surrendered to fear. If it's really true that Juliet's actions in the Swan shaft produced the parallel world structure — if splitting an atom really split history into two separate realities — can we really say that her actions were heroic?

NEXT PAGE: Did Juliet really create the split worlds — or was it perhaps someone else?

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