House Wisdom, Part 2

“You pretend to buck the system, pretend to be a rebel, claim to hate rules. But all you do is substitute your own rules for society’s. And it’s a nice, simple rule: tell the blunt, honest truth in the starkest, darkest way. And what will be, will be. What will be, should be. And everyone else is a coward. But you’re wrong. It’s not cowardly to not call someone an idiot. People aren’t tactful or polite just because it’s nice. They do it because they’ve got an ounce of humility. ‘Cause they know that they will make mistakes. They know that their actions have consequences. And they know that those consequences are their fault. Why do you want so bad not to be human, House?”

– Elias Koteas, as Jack Moriarty on House M.D. (Season 2, Episode 24 – “No Reason”)

If there’s a single reason that I enjoyed House, it’s that it takes a very stark view of human relationships. It strips them bare and explores how we relate to each other. And it speaks a very basic, very human truth. Everybody lies.


This post is a response to the Daily Prompt of June 1, 2015.

“Is it possible to be too honest, or is honesty always the best policy?”

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