Minbari Mondays, There All the Honor Lies, and Mercy

      This  week’s is the 14th report for an incident taking place in August of our year 2259 CE, sent to us from our future by Ranger Mayann, writing to us from Minbar, where she is stationed:

      Greetings, from Tuzanor:

     This report brings great pain to remembrance.  This is not, however, a reason to hide the truth, nor from the truth.

     This incident  teaches us two things:

  1. Truth and honor are closely related to mercy.

        2.  Captain Sheridan was wise enough to know when both truth and honor require mercy in order to stay whole.


                                                                Truth Matters,

                                                   Honor Matters,


                                  Mercy Matters


Writing from Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

     Shira’s addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report:  I never realized that the title to this episode was part of a famous poem (thank you, Junkyard!).   This episode never got me, really, except for one part. 

I love Londo’s comment:

“…I will have to kill you.  What are friends for?”

 I want friends like that.



Both Neatnik  and The Junkyard  give more traditional plot and character perspectives of this episode. 


Last week’s review was of the season 2, episode 13: Hunter, Prey,

Next week’s review will be (in Lurker’s Guide order) And Now For A Word

-Shira Destinie Jones



Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.


There are earlier episodes, as part of a letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

Action Prompts:

1.)  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.

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

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     by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

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   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning…

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
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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.

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14 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays, There All the Honor Lies, and Mercy

  1. “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”
    – Rumi

    If our wounds from all the occasions where we failed to show to mercy can enlighten us enough for the wisdom of Babylon 5, then I can find peace and healing for all those occasions in my own life.

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    1. My favorite moment in this episode is the “one moment of perfect beauty”. It resonates deeply with someone who appreciates the dark and choral music! 😉 B5, like Trek before it, posited a world where people were evaluated for being who they are, not who they were not. That fails on the shows sometimes because it’s in our genetic structure. Think about it: we want to differentiate one another ALL THE TIME. Yankee’s or Mets? White meat chicken or dark? Star Wars or Star Trek? Some of them are innocuous and I’m not saying they don’t form a place, because clearly the guy who says “star trek” is one I’m going to launch into discussion with because I know more about it, but we are constantly finding ways to segregate one another.
      That’s my 2 minute thought on that one though… I’m going to listen to chanting in the dark now. ML

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      1. Although Star Trek, Star Wars and Babylon 5 can each stand out in the SF universe on their own merits, Babylon 5 improved on identifiable issues of differentiation and the ensuing dramas. B5, like SW, never needed a time travel story or multiverse story for any significantly futuristic issues, as opposed to several examples throughout ST. The science in B5’s SF is therefore most attuned to the science of what makes us all equals and what makes us all different. Atmospheric music certainly helps too as I found an easy appreciation for at a good age.

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