Erratic Thought #13
My favorite show on TV right now is without a doubt, House. However, that may change when 24 come back on air in a couple days. House has been called “The uncommon cure for the common medical drama.” The premise of the show is set as Dr. Gregory House is a arguably the country’s best diagnostician. He has little patience for anyone and seems to be incapable of giving a complement- much less showing any sort of love.
He has developed severe nerve damage in his right leg which causes him constant chronic pain. The viewer is indeed inclined to wonder if this pain is the cause of his intolerant personality or if he has always behaved as such.
In the first season, there is an episode title “Kids.” Throughout the storyline, House needs to complete interviews for a new doctor on his team. Dr. Roger Spain is the first to me interviewed. He is a long haired, rock star looking guy having just graduated med-school. Spain says to House, “I admire the way you don’t care what anyone thinks. You just do what you want, the way you want.” Seeming to ignore the comment, House makes a note of the fact that Spain is in a blues band and sarcastically remarks, “Ah dude, you are so hired.”
Spain asks what the problem is and House points out the Chinese tattoo on his forearm. Spain says, “Wow. I thought you’d be the last person to have a problem with nonconformity.” House replies, “Nonconformity, right. I can’t remember the last time I saw a twenty-something kid with a tattoo of an Asian letter on his wrist. You are one wicked free thinker. You want to be a rebel? Stop being cool. Wear a pocket protector like him (here he points to Wilson, a fellow doctor at the hospital) and get a haircut- like the Asian kids who don’t leave the library for twenty-hour stretches. They’re the ones who don’t care what you think. Sayonara.” The scene has a great conclusion as Dr. Spain leaves and House says to Wilson, ” “Actually, the Asian kids are probably just responding to parental pressure, but my point is still valid.”
House’s point is valid and a very interesting one. A rebel can be defined as some who goes against the normal movement of society. If this is the case, then a rock star twenty-something year old with a tattoo of a Chinese symbol really isn’t in the least bit rebellious. In fact, it is strange to think that at this point the rebellious thing would be to go study for hours at the library. If you want to be a “freethinker,” it seems that you shouldn’t try to stick out. In a culture that is growing increasingly narcissistic, the more you sick out, you actually seem to blend in more with the crowd. It does seem that to be a rebel today, you may need to “stop being cool.”