Minbari Mondays,Points of Departure, and 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 1st report of the third year of operation of the station:

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

In this report, in the beginning of your Earth year 2259, it was the start of the third year of operation of the station. Ambassador DeLenn was making her transition, during this sad incident with our people, and Lenier had at last allowed to answer the question that has been haunting you Humans for the previous ten years. He explained to Captain Sheridan the Starkiller, newly sent to command Babylon 5, that the reason for our surrender at what you call The Battle of The Line is that you Humans, like us, now share our souls. While the captain was not yet able to believe this truth, he nevertheless made use of it, in holding back his fighters, to win the safety of the station.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar Earth year 2279,

Anla’Shok Mayann

  Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report, by Shira: This episode is not one of my favorite, for some reason, as we get a lot of preconceived ideas about groups of people here, but we do see, later, how those prejudices change over time. That is one of the things I really love about this series, in that it models learning.

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

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the many kinds of Honor.

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.

4.) Go see Neatnik’s review of this episode.

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

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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.

Shira Destinie Jones is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

8 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays,Points of Departure, and Honor

  1. This was the awkward change from the storyline of Sinclair to Sheridan. It worked in the long run, but the first few episodes of this season are a bit clunky with having to develop Sheridan as much as Sinclair had been over the previous season.

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    1. But I do love some of these early episodes, as we see sides of characters we might not otherwise have seen, like Lt. Cmdr Ivanova “paying off karma at a vastly accelerated rate” and reaming out the ambassadors in the lift!

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