I hope that title got your interest?
Before John Locke crashed on the Island, his father pushed him out of an eight story window, and in the subsequent fall, Locke broke his back and was paralyzed from the waist down. He was not able to use his legs. Yet, after the crash of flight 815 on the Island, we see Locke, lying on the beach, and he looks at his toes and wiggles them. By some miracle, Locke had regained the full use of his legs, and there was no evidence of his paralyses. Locke attributed his healing to some mysterious property (or purpose) of the Island.
Up to this point, we have accepted this “healing” to have been a positive incident in John’s life, and a gift of the Island to him. But, Mrs. Hawking says the universe will “course correct” to prevent the future from changing.
And have we seen any course correcting in regards to John? Yes we have. Five times now, he has had problems with one or both of his legs, as if destiny wants to correct something that the Island has done to him. At the Beechcraft, his legs steadily ceased to function, reducing him to a crawl. His leg was impaled by the blast door during an impromptu lockdown in the Hatch. After Ben shot Locke, Locke woke up sometime later in the grave, unable to move his legs. Despondent and in pain, he was about to shoot himself with a gun he found on one of the corpses, when suddenly Walt appeared on the edge of the pit, telling him that he could move his legs and that he had work to do. During a “time shift,” Locke winds up back at the Beechcraft plane, and he attempts to climb to it but was stopped by a bullet piercing one of his legs. The shooter was Ethan, who John knew from the future. And lastly, when he falls to the bottom of the well, near the wheel chamber, he hits the bottom of the well shaft, and suffers a compound fracture, seriously injuring him.
So, for me a new question arises. Is the Island good for man or bad for man? Is Ben, the Others and Mrs. Hawking trying to actually protect the world FROM the Island. The Island keeps healing Locke’s leg, but it seems something (fate, destiny, the Universe) keeps trying to put John “back in disorder.”
It all makes me wonder if for almost 4 1/2 seasons, we have been looking at the Island as if it needs to be “protected” or “saved” from someone, something. Maybe the world needs to be protected from the Island?