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Jtube: House 2

Jtube: House 2

Why does it seem as though people who are "mean" always get what they want?


Why does it seem as though people who are "mean" always get what they want?

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Visitor Comments: 21

(21) Rick L, December 2, 2009 11:27 AM

House is a "character"

Laurie is an actor and he pulls off the crass House character well -- if that's what you want to call it. I appreciate the Jewish sentiments on not hurting or offending others -- we are made in G-d's image and likeness, and we should treat others -- at our best -- as if we were addressing the Creator, no?

(20) Anonymous, November 8, 2009 1:31 AM

For all of you who said that House is just being honest and not mean I think you are completely wrong. Torturing the mentally ill is never ok, especially for his own benefit. How can you call it being honest when House called that man fat? That was only a pure cruel lie. I was a House fan for years and he is a horrible person. He is very honest, but only when it gets him what he wants, not because he believes in telling the truth. As Jews we believe that it is so important to not hurt other people that it is even ok to distort the truth. In this week's parshah G-d Himself changed Sarah's words to not offend Avraham (Breishis 18/13 see Rashi). It is all the more so wrong to go out of the way to hurt people, even if what you are saying is the truth.

(19) Anonymous, October 24, 2009 6:36 PM

Having lived to 82 and being a cancer survivor thus far I feel free now to express an opinion on this subject.

I can't believe how so many people find that being mean could mean being honest. To whom are they being honest? We live just because our time to pass on has not been reached. During the years given us reexamining ourselves really could be the best way to live a good, honest and kind life. The people around us all have their own issues, why should we burden each other with our own issues? To live being kind and looking forward to reaching out to hold someone's hand if we see they are carrying burdens too hard to handle gives one a sense of peace. Been there and done there!

(18) SusanE, October 21, 2009 2:48 PM

What is being Mean and what is being Honest?

I lke the character the writers created for the program House. I also agree with Jan Schulman's comments that the "House character is created to be a healer", and he will 'suffer no fools'. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The words House says in the video are the bare truth. He does say what I think, but probably wouldn't say to the people on the basketball court. It is not House in that scene who is trying for control. It is the patients that through their actions and illness can control their own world and the people around them. It doesn't seem as though he is mean, .... brutally honest perhaps. There is a fine line between being perceived as mean and requiring others to be honest and responsible for their own actions. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I would rather have the brutal honesty of being forced to see my faults, than a pat on the hand, lots of compassion and a bag of pills.

(17) Barbara, October 21, 2009 10:05 AM

House is a Healer

Jan Schulman's analysis is exceedlingly astute. Kol Ha Kavod!

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