Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW c. 2002

Tue, 08 Jul 2008 9:28 PM (GMT+0000)

I've been on a House, M.D. marathon the last few weeks. It's refreshing to find a show that's too smart for me. I'm also amazed that Fox execs green-lit a show that is not just unabashedly atheist, but ridicules all matters of faith on a regular basis. In the space of a few lines of dialogue in a single episode, House not only claims that God is either dead or unimaginably cruel, but also that what religious people believe doesn't make sense.

I think what sealed my love for this show is that it very neatly solved my struggle with understanding the nature of commitment in just a few sentences:

Commitment is only commitment because it has no expiration date. You stand next to someone and watch them floss for 30 years like my parents have, then ask for sacrifices. That's how you know the real thing. Cameron, I wasn't criticizing you. People who avoid commitment are people who know what a big thing it is.


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