Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Dubious Professional


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements. 😉

What if you ran into your high school bully, who had you help them cheat in their biology class, and this bully was now a doctor? 

(This was an actual plot point in a TV show I tolerate--that is, I watch it, but only because nothing else is on--and it irked me so much that this what if was born.)

24 comments:

  1. I'd hope that meant he'd turned it around. He might still be a bully, but difficult to cheat your way through medical school.

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  2. I would hope he would be a good doctor and that I wouldn't have to see him as a patient. I don't think I would have much respect for him, no matter if he did turn his life around.

    betty

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  3. Since I was bullied and I was asked to help them (although not in Math class), I chose not to even if it meant they would bully and threaten more, which happened. If I did help and they became a Dr and never recognized my help, I still would know and so would the bully. I would just hope they were a good doctor and not a Frank Burns. Regardless, I had the choice and if that helped them then look at the positive...they would not have made it without me:)

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    1. Oh and I thought of you when I saw this video of these little kitten all wearing crocheted hat-one was a mouse, another a bunny, another a panda and so on...it was cute

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    2. Sounds cute. The video, I mean. Not the bully. How amazing that you didn't help. I don't think I would have had that strength in high school.

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  4. I'd think that he/she finally turned things around, stopped being a bully, and stopped cheating.

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  5. I tend to agree with Chrys, at least with hope, and am reminded of an episode of "House M.D."

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  6. Oh, that wouldn't end well for them. Probably not for me either, but the police would have to catch me first.

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  7. Well I guess I'd be glad that they were contributing something positive to the universe now.

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    1. I don't know if I would believe that. Some doctors became doctors so that they could bully their patients...

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  8. I had to read that again. I thought I was a new patient of his. What would I do? If I were quick-witted, I'd say something like "You're welcome. I'm glad I could help you in biology." After all little mouse me let me be used by him.

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  9. I'd say something snarky like, "Still picking on people smaller than you? Now you have a license... " I might even say it loud enough, if in a public place like a reunion or a pub.
    I have a terrible problem letting go of grudges. And I've only maintained contact with only about 3 people from high school because high school was awful.
    (All that said, I didn't really have a "bully". I was 5'10" by my junior year, and a loner. I kept to myself as much as possible.)

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    1. I didn't have a bully, either. I like the saying something just loud enough for others to hear.

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  10. many people made mistakes in life, but there is always second chance.
    Happy wednesday

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  11. I'd think they grew up and learned it for themselves if they were able to get into medical school and pass it. But who knows :) What's the show??

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    1. I would hope so, but I would wonder. The show is Suits on USA.

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  12. I would hope he had turned himself around. But I have a feeling that most bullies don't turn themselves around; they just become adult bullies.

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  13. First..
    Not sure that I would want them as a doc....but as for them being a bully back then I would hope that has changed and we could laugh about the cheating now...but in the back of my mind I would still wonder how they got through med school and be sure I was never in their care!

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    1. I know, right? That's what bothered me. If you want to be a doctor, wouldn't you enjoy biology? I would hope...

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  14. Interesting how much people judge based on who you were as a teenager. Most people I think aren't much like they were back then but who knows. I didn't have a bully. Would be weird I guess but then I've not run into anyone from high school in a good 15+ years so that in itself would be weird regardless who they were. lol

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