Minbari Mondays, The Quality of Mercy, and Lying to Save Someone Else’s Honor?

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 23rd report:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:

In this report, in your Earth year 2258, it is nearing the end of the second year of operation of the station. Due to the nature of the technology and the tragic end of one of our own, due to events made possible by an object in this incident, the Anla’Shok has forbidden me to write a letter this week, but you will be informed of what you need to know, when you need to know it, concerning these events.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

  Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report, by Shira: This episode has some great material for later events, some fun information about poor little Lennier, about whom Delenn will not inquire, out of respect, and a great line from a guest star, Dr. Rosen:

“Hear that? He’s a dreamer! Try not to let him wake up…”


A fuller review of this episode is done by Neatnik.

Last week, next week: That was part of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on why it may be important to help save face for someone else.

2.) Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us, and how this episode of Babylon 5 could help that process.

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can read Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free.  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

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15 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays, The Quality of Mercy, and Lying to Save Someone Else’s Honor?

  1. According to reports from the Anla’Shok, and from the Gray Council of that time, Satai Delenn was away from the station meeting with the Gray Council and being told that prophecy would attend to itself, in the moments where this interesting imaginary incident with Lender, of which we have no knowledge, took place. We of the Anla’Shok remain saddened by the events that took place with Lenier and do not speak of him, but continue to hope for his recovery.

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    1. Personally, I was very glad to see Dr. Rosen point out that the necessary thing is not always the right thing, even if it had to be done.
      The fact that the distinction is made is crucial.

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  2. Lying, by definition, is deceiving intentionally. Lying is almost always a bad idea, morally. However, as many people who have spoken with those suffering from dementia know, lying is sometimes the best practice. It prevents unnecessary distress and conflict, for example. Also, I, as a Southerner trained in politeness, understand the courteous lie. “No, that dress does not make you look fat.” Except it does. But who wants to be rude in such a circumstance? No harm, no foul, especially if the recipient of the courteous lie grasps that the other person is merely being polite.

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  3. Helping someone save face is an exercise in mental health for them, and it generally costs you nothing. There comes a point, though, where if they are making the same mistake, you have to allow them to “face the music” so to speak.

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