I was reading another blog on why after visiting the cabin Illana came to the statue seeking Richard instead of Jacob and it made me think. We know that Richard doesnt age and this is due to Jacob. my theory is that Jacob made Richard this way because he knew that there would eventually come a day when those he has chosen come to the Island seeking him and he needed a sort of in between man such as Richard so if anything went wrong and those chosen ones could not find him, they would have a sign(the latin dialog between Richard and Illana)and upon passing this little test Richard would aid the chosen ones. Thats why Ben calls him an advisor, advisor to the leaders and the chosen ones brought to the island for a reason( which i think everyone from 815 still on the island was brought in to help jacob somehow/hence the touch, possibly bestowing a "gift" to these people??) thoughts on all this guys??