This theory is the second place winner in the Lost Theory Competition.
It was written by Pastor2churches.
Perhaps the most intriguing words of episode 2, season 3 of “Lost” tumbled humbly, almost sheepishly out of the mouth of Benjamin Linus,
“…and Iâ€™ve lived on this island all my life.”
Shock & awe.
How is it possible to make sense of that statement given what we currently know, and what connections and other clues could be deduced from that “Everlasting Gobstopper” statement from Ben?
If we take his statement as truth (never safe with “Lost”) then it is likely that Ben was raised as a child in the Dharma community. Perhaps Juliet was also raised on the Island in Dharma and she and Ben have known each other all their lives. Anyway Ben was an up and coming member of the Dharma group until, for some unknown reason, he became disenfranchised about the solution that Dharma was attempting to achieve. Ben, like Dharma, understands that the problem needs to be answered, but he has come up with what he believes to be a superior solution.
Ben tried to get Dharma to embrace his idea and was soundly rebuffed. Unswayed, Ben attempts a coup d’Ã©tat, and initially fails. In the midst of that failure Ben goes from Dharma member to captive, and Juliet is one of his captors. By the way, while she was his captor she did not make soup for him!
Ben having been groomed by Dharma all his life is quite intelligent and eventually wins the support of Juliet who helps him to gain his freedom. In the process the relationship between Ben and Juliet grows into more than just friendship (consider the “Stockholm Syndrome”). As she now helps him to effect his escape she also aids him in rallying some of the other Dharma folks who trust and respect her. Together, Ben and Juliet effect a daring and successful break away from the Dharma group, move to another section of the Island and begin to form their own society. In doing so, they believe they will have the greatest opportunity to resolve the “problem” that Dharma was originally created to solve.
In time the closeness of the relationship between Ben and Juliet is wrecked and now they tolerate one another. The stress of the unanticipated entrance of the survivors of flight 815 will now cause a further fracturing of the relationship and eventually Juliet will leave Benâ€™s group and join allegiances with the survivors. For now we are watching how leader Ben and sub-commander Juliet deal with these “fateful” turns of events.