What does it all mean?


Hey people, just have some thoughts about House's character and the show that I'll like to have some opinions on.


I was just thinking, House [the person], is like living testimony to the fact that people don't like people who are being themselves, in other words, anyone who wants to be liked have to pretend, or go against their instincts to some extent. Some may call this selfish [House certainly has been called that loads of times], but doesn't everyone have the right to behave the way they truly feel is right [baring obvious moral deviances like murder or assualt]?


On the flip side, people who think they love someone for who they are, almost never do, because, maybe, if they see that person's true colours, they might decide they don't like that person, as compared to his/her's persona. Of course, all this leads to the conclusion that its all a vicious cycle, people maintain facade to get love, while loving only the facade others maintain, and so on and so forth.


Hope I'm not confusing or giving anyone a headache! Just some thoughts =)

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Oct 21, 2008 10:53AM EDT

This is only really the surface of the iceberg. It's pretty obvious what you just pointed up but also consider the phrase I "I think therefore I am" How we wish to be seen is how we view ourselves and others. If there was a perfect way to act won't most people all act the same. most people act how they would wish to be seen that is who they are.

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Oct 21, 2008 2:28PM EDT

'I think therefore I am' has absolutely nothing to do with the either one of the posts here. It simply says that the ability to doubt is a proof one exists.

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Oct 21, 2008 8:56PM EDT

Actually the character reflects the fact that "ignorance is bliss".
Lemme explain :
When you have a certain level of awareness and realize alot of stuff cause your IQ is just that high (this is not limited to education), you kinda become "numb" cause you start to fail to ignore (that's why he's able to make quick assumptions and takes everything in detail, and notices even the smallest detail)
So you don't just 'let go' stuff, he has gathered alot of stuff in his head that makes him the lovable jerk he is. And he doesn't beat around the bush he goes straight to the subject, after a while you just can't bother with the implies.

That's the same reason scientists/high IQ people seem 'weird' to the rest of us.

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Oct 21, 2008 8:58PM EDT

Lol. Very true, Mufi. And shady, I think there actually is a 'perfect' way to act, and while its hard to spot, most people do behave the same way. Wilson is the perfect example. He behaves in the 'pecfect' way, and everyone likes him, don't they? But then, take him away from House's side, he's just another boring white collar worker, indistinguishable from the next person. =)

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Oct 21, 2008 9:56PM EDT

He is hyper observant- its a fun class of psyche that tend to alienate other because of their ability. he has an impressive understanding of medicine, that combined with the idiom "the body never lies," and his general pessimistic/manipulative attitude makes him not only incredible at deduction, but with his outlook (truth seeking in a way) make him an ass. he wont let people lie to themselves, partly because its inherently self-destructive, but also it gives him leverage over their thoughts and actions, which is delightful for him with his god complex.oh, and a quick note, IQ is an irrelevant test which only measures one's ability to take an IQ test (the person with the highest known IQ is a bouncer in NY. no joke)

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Oct 22, 2008 4:51AM EDT

The thread of this conversation is certainly highly amusing, but I think it bears a bit of illumination, especially regarding House and his own assumptions. Now naturally everyone who watches the show can see that his character is in some sense tragic. His razor sharp intellect is seemingly incapable of meaningful introspection. By this I don't mean he doesn't ever look inside his own head, but that he is unable or unwilling to evaluate his own assumptions about life. For example, he understands the notion of truth as a great good, but cannot balance that against compassion, or from a more practical perspective, prudence. After all there are many ways, and probably healthier ones, than beating someone over the head with the truth. He will unashamedly point out one person's failures, but never address his own. In a way House is wonderful showcase of emotional hypocrisy, and yet people in his life permit him to get away with it because of his tremendous medical success. To that end, I also wish to quibble with the idea that people must inherently conceal their true selves from others in order to be liked because buried in that notion is the idea that we can adequately address what is our true self prima facie, and in addition what is best for us. Sometimes people simply miscalculate about what is best for them, and sometimes their rationalizations are in fact reasonable, and sometimes going against one's instincts is necessary in order to produce a higher good both for the self and for others. Thus the true self is not as simple as just doing what you "feel," is right.

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