This is the continuation of our fictional letter (reviewing each film and episode of Babylon 5) that I receive each week from Ranger Mayann.
Here is her 12th report:
Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:
In this report, in your Earth year 2258, it is the second year of operation of the station. This incident shows that we Minbari also had much to learn…
A pair of parents working to honor their beliefs, asking each of the ambassadors to intervene to protect their child from what their sacred texts forbid. A doctor working to save a child’s life over the objections and beliefs of those parents.
One of our informers mentioned a rumor that the following had been said by Ambassador Kosh:
“The avalanche has already started. It is too late for the pebbles to vote.”
Satai Delenn pointed out that for us, matters of the soul are private, and thus relayed the sad decision by our Gray Council that she was forbidden to intervene, since no one can prove which party’s belief is correct. True, logically, yet still lacking in wisdom, as did that old Council. Our new Gray Council is wiser.
“Sure is for people with nothing on the line.”
Surprising that Mr. Garibaldi, in this case, might have shown more wisdom than one of our Gray Council.
And once again, Sinclair shows the wisdom of who he will become, as he points out that our beliefs give our lives meaning.
Ivanova here shows us her skill in battle, and her wisdom to know when to do battle, even when it requires temporarily ignoring previous orders, in order to obey the higher order.
Both displayed a start of that wisdom which made a crucial difference in the great war, still to come in your time.
And your doctor learned a difficult lesson: the beliefs of a patient can never be treated as mere delusion but seen as valid.
From the city of Tuzanor, on Minbar
Earth year 2278,
Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report, or lack thereof for this week, by Shira: This episode has some good character development, and a theme still, sadly, very much relevant to current events.
Saving life? Where does the right of individual belief end and the duty to save life take over?
This is basically the Jehovah’s Witness episode for one life, intertwined with a subplot of Ivanova sent to save many lives, after offering to knit a sweater or something.
Yet, Sinclair is right:
“What we hold sacred gives our lives meaning.”
Sinclair is also right in that sometimes doing the right thing doesn’t change anything, but it has to be done anyway, and that what makes us human is that we care.
G’kar is brutally blunt from a strategic point of view, where Londo wears a more pleasant face as he presents the economic point of view. Both are eclipsed by the near hypocrisy of the Minbari reply: near, because they sincerely believe that no religion can be proven to be right or wrong, yet still hypocritical because a refusal to take a stand is a refusal to act, and remains wrong.
I love the juxtaposition of the individual boy, dead, and the little boy, alive, from the starliner (Asimov!!) rescued by Ivanova from certain death, at the very close-shave risk of her own life.
And I keep asking myself, is this the episode where G’Kar becomes the Cassandra of Babylon 5? (“explain, Lucy!” -he openly explains the fact that strategic value sets a limit on what help the vulnerable will or will not receive, foreshadowing the help that his own world, not deemed to be of sufficient strategic value, will not receive, shortly…).
That was part twelve of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project. It can be seen from another point of view by watching the Babylon 5 Season 1, Episode 10: Believers, which I recommend.
See Ranger Mayann’s 11th report (episode 9), from last week on death, in context.
To see all of her reports as an on-going PDF version: B5EpsThr7…)
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Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.
Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil
our year 2020 CE = 12020 HE
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