Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dr Gregory House: A Side of Him that People Don't Know

I'm sure many of you know the brilliant, honest, imprudent, sarcastic and mental Dr Gregory House. And for those of you who call yourselves my friends, would know that he's my imaginary boyfriend.

As his imaginary girlfriend, I think there is truth when I say that I know him more than you guys and girls do. Because you see, people tend to look at the down side of him without ever noticing his up side. And as someone who loves him very much, I would like to point out to you in this post, what are his positive characteristics that you might want to take as a good example for yourselves.

Let me first tell you of an episode from House MD. I did try to find the video on Youtube but my effort was fruitless. A Chinese teenage girl had came in with her mother. The mother couldn't speak English so her daughter had to translate her mother's every word. She told House that her mother is having a fever and that she requires a certain pill to abate the fever. House looks at the mother. The mother was fine. House immediately knew that the girl is the one who really wanted the pills. So he said to the girl that she must be excellent in her studies. I think the girl glowed because House complimented. But then House said that that was how she knew that the pill can also function as a birth control pill. She wants to do 'it' with her boyfriend. The girl denied House's accusation. The girl's mother asks her what is wrong in Chinese. House quickly intervenes in Chinese and said that her daughter wants to have sex with her boyfriend. The girl was shocked that House knows how to speak Chinese. And of course, immediately after House told the mother, mother and daughter had now started fighting in the clinic.

Now, back to reality.
The 21st century. Where you can see nakedness as the most sophisticated fashion, sex out of marriage but because of so called 'love' is sweet, money, glory and status is so much more important than moral values, religion is deemed uncivilized and many other symptoms that the world suffers as it approaches to the Hereafter.
We are afraid of all these symptoms. We know that this virus is potent; and the disease that emerges out of it will spread like a wildfire. But the ironic thing is, we do know of a cure; probably not a strong one to some people but is sufficient enough: amar makhruh nahi mungkar, the enjoining of goodness and prevention of evil. In the case of House above, it is the prevention of evil.

"By the Token of Time (through the ages); Verily Man is in loss; Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy." " (Surah al-Asr)

How many of us have the courage to admonish our families and friends when we see them do something that is against ALLAH's will? How many of us possess true love towards our brothers and sisters in Islam up to the point where we just can't bear to see the wrath of ALLAH that will be doomed upon them? How can we say that we do care about our brothers and sisters of the same country, brothers and sisters of the same world when we just eyed them from afar as he/she take drugs or shouting curses to a homeless man who is begging him/her for money?

Although House probably has no intention at all to eradicate the social ills in the state of New Jersey, and his method is harsh and full of sarcasm, we should follow his footsteps; of course with certain modifications. We should learn to admonish; admonish with hikmah.

The other thing that House can teach us is that each of us, at a different level, faces our own sufferings. Each of us suffers a certain level of pain.

"Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere" (Surah Al-Baqarah:155)

Therefore to me, do not be harsh with your friends, your families and anybody that you have just met. Because only ALLAH knows how deep is the pain that a person shoulders. Smile, be nice, do not look down on people and be emphatic. Do we want others to treat us harshly when inside we feel damaged?

I would like to share a photo and quote taken from Project Spirituality:

"It's easy to look at people and make quick judgements about them, their present and their past, but you would be amazed at the pain and tears a single smile hides. What a person shows to the world is only a tiny facet of the iceberg hidden from sight. And more often then not, it's lined with cracks and scars that go all the way to the foundation of their soul." (Sherrilyn K.)

Last but not least, I would like to answer a question that I had posted in one of my previous post. The question was, "If you are the director of the drama House MD (as in Dr Gregory House), how will you make the drama end?" My answer would be:
In the final season, House will receive patients from various creeds. Hindu, Buddhist, Wicca, Druids, Islam and etc. He will treat these patients and soon finds out that his patients lie (duh..). Which confirms his theory that people who believes in religion are hypocrites and are only deluding themselves that they somehow can attain salvation. Then he and his team need to do research: check medical records, hack into their patients' Facebook pages, see what they eat, know what is their lifestyles, etc in order to figure out the patients diseases. And soon, as the research progresses, House feel intrigues to know more about religion. In the last episode, after the credits, I would depict House wearing something casual at an airport, taking leave without pay for two months and holding a flight ticket. He is clustered around many people who are busy chasing their flights, meeting up with someone, chasing for a business meetings or are simply waiting for a love one to touch down. Among the crowd, he will have a look of which I would like to call a 'terrified desperate inquisitiveness' look.