Life Lessons from Watching “House”
I have been watching “House” lately. I have actually been addicted to it. Dr. Gregory House may be a cynic but he is pretty smart. One episode really struck a chord with me. It was about how bad things happen to some people even when they do the right thing. He was questioning why that happens. I do that so often, too. I don’t want to but it seems as if many good people I know are getting such horrible things thrown at them. They try to do the right things. They’re good people. So what is up?
I can’t believe that these people have been so terrible in their past lives that it is coming back to them. I have known these people a long time…some all my life. Yet rather than be rewarded for their goodness, they have basically been slapped over and over for it.
In season 6 of House, he is faced with life and death and God. Over and over he states he doesn’t believe in God. But there are so many things pointing to the validity of God. He fights himself constantly because of this. It turns out that his biological father became a Christian minister at some point in his life. All of these things make House wonder about who he is. He is well-known in the medical community and has money but the thing that tortures him is the hardness that has taken over who he is. Doctors are supposed to remain impartial and unbiased, but they still have feelings. House is blunt and often sarcastic to his patients. In the season 6 finale he actually attributed the cynicism to his leg injury. It made him doubt. He wasn’t healed when that was his life’s work. He felt unloved and empty. Was it because of how he treated people? He was trying to figure it all out. And, yes, I realize this is a tv show but many times art mimics reality. (Yes, tv is art.)
So do many of us wonder about these things? Do many of us want to know what is making us unhappy? I think so. I think we wonder why “bad things happen to good people”. Do you wonder what is making your life the way it is? Is it fate? God? Karma? What?