[In Defense Of] The human connection
by Guest Beanie
I have a liking for medical dramas. Okay, let me say that again. I absolutely love medical dramas. The first medical drama I watched was Good Doctor, and after having just recently been introduced to the wonderful world of K-dramas at the time, it felt amazing to me.
I loved how the young new doctor Park Shi-on managed to connect and communicate with the little girl who was raised with dogs, the same way he did with Rabbit when he was a boy. Back then, maybe he wasn’t ready to bond with a human being. The human beings in his own little world were way too cruel. But he grew up and learned how. I love how he actually saw his patient as a human being, worthy of love and care.
He worked against the odds and did what no one thought he could do. The girl was a human being, and he was a human being too. Both broken in their own ways, but forming an unlikely bond. That connection he felt with the girl was a such a beautiful human connection. One autistic and the other abused, yet at the very core, still people who could learn to connect and communicate with each other.
When I watched it, I felt so strongly that I was riveted to the screen. It was so compelling, so touching. Back then, I couldn’t describe how I felt. I was too young to explain it. But I remembered that feeling and now, finally, I’m putting it in words.
Another thing I want to say about this drama is how inspiring it was to me. Back then, I was undecided about what I wanted to be when I grow up. All my friends wanted to be managers or CEOs, things like that. But when I watched Good Doctor, I made up my mind instantly—I’m going to become a doctor. I was so excited about wanting to be a doctor and touch other people’s lives that I was going on and on about the subject for days, drawing pictures of myself in a long, white jacket with a stethoscope around my neck. I even did some research of my own. I interviewed every adult in the house, asking how to become a doctor. After that, I resolved to study hard and achieve my newfound dream to become like Park Shi-on—a true doctor.
Good Doctor may not have been the perfect medical drama. I know it must have had its flaws. Lots of people didn’t really like it. But it was my first medical drama, and when I experienced that special something—whether a new feeling or a resolution—for the first time, it didn’t matter how good the drama that provoked it was, its popularity, what it wanted to be, or what it could have been. It touched me, left a deep impression on me, and that’s what matters.
So, in defense of Good Doctor, I’ll say that even though it isn’t the best drama, it was definitely enough for me. It inspired me to work hard to fulfill my one and only ambition—to make human connections the way Park Shi-on did, which he proved was not only possible, but also extremely rewarding.
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