ER has been one show that I have been watching since I came here, which was about 5 years ago. There is something about it that draws me to my couch every thursday. Its high paced environment, the as close to reality scenes and more than anything else, the emotional and raw nature of the doctors on the show. Every other “medical drama” I feel has become sanitized too much, be it House or Grey’s Anatomy. There is this quality of disbelief that they create that ER hasn’t at least so far. It is believable to a large extent. It is on its last season this fall. It essentially means we will be seeing characters leave, die, make guest appearances and reconnect. Greg Pratt left two weeks back. He dies from complications after a blast. Abby and Luka left yesterday. They move to Boston to restart a journey that has been off an on for the past decade almost. It is difficult to say that a particular character has been well etched and one has not been within the context of this drama. But the truth is these two characters have been consistently well etched throughout their time on the show. There was something about the very damaged nature of Abby that was endearing and the stability and sex appeal that Luka brought that was charming. Their relationship has been a more complicated version of “Rachel and Ross”. In this last show she recites throughout the show verses from the “Book of Job” Job 3: 23 – 26 and at the end Job 38: 12 – 24. I have bene thinking about their significance since. I have realized that they in a way signify the journey that she has been through so far and how she views her future to be. In essence the whole episode was about how to get up inspite of buckling under the weight of her problems, about how life can be really lived only after she starts taking reponsibilty and ceases to just exist and how the unexamined life would not be worth living.
There was this underlying message of having faith in one’s actions and abilities, no matter what you do or where you are. I think she sums it up best at the end when she tells this little boy, “You are not a bad person, you just did a bad thing” Inspite of all the nagging questions that we might have about our lives, our future and everything in general, it is important to keep in mind that we have to keep walking and also acknowledge the fact the mistakes happen and recognizing those mistakes as just that and not defining our lives based on that is the best way to live.
The battle between faith ans reason has been one of the most dominant battles in every history. Should reason rule and faith not at all? can they both share the stage? Is reason without faith possible? Is faith without reason blind? Honestly, I don’t know….But if I had to make a pick I would put reason before faith. The idea that implicit faith was not for the betterment of humanity and everything including our faith be questioned and vetted was according to me one of the corner stones of the reformation movement. The idea that when one church tells us what to believe in and how to believe, man remains ignorant and subservient. Once man takes it upon himself to learn the word of god and understand it in his own way, examine the work and apply it to his life by himself, he lives a more fuller life.
Perhaps that is what is needed today. When faith becomes an issue and blood is shed over whose faith is bigger, better or larger, or whose faith has the most discriminations or which faith is bound to make you a villain or a poor bloke, it just means that reason has been kicked out the back door. Every religion makes the argument of using reason to figure out the work of God. Maybe it is just easy to mug it up and recite it like grade school poetry. Why would anyone want to do that when you can actually use your capacity to figure out something and apply it to your life is beyond me. Be it the many religious crimes, be it homosexuality or abortion, be it the idea of live in relationships and pregnancy outside a relationship, once we start using reason to figure out the issue and not just rely blindly on faith, everything, just maybe will be a little easier.