Minbari Mondays, Comes the Inquisitor, and Testing

       This week’s report, near the end 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 day was one of testing, for both the Narn and for our order, the Anla’Shok.  First, G’Kar reminded everyone that Narn still existed, while Delenn’s survival depended on her being the right person, in the right place, at the right time, and for the right reasons.   Ending with her offer to die there, unnoticed, in the dark for one person, she showed her belief in us.  We, the members of her order, would never rest, never stop, until the goal she shared with us was attained.  This she knew, and held on to during her ordeal.    This was what won the verdict from the vile “man remembered not as a reformer, not as a prophet, not as a messenger” but only as a forgettable Jack.

Writing from Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

 

                  Shira’s addendum:                   

                 I was greatly impressed with JMS’ way of showing disdain for ‘The Ripper,’ who is indeed, perfectly suited for this job.  I love his bitterness at the end, with just the hint of having seen “the terrible depth of my error.”    Yet, I couldn’t help but still be moved at his ability to wish the Captain good luck on his own quest.  Maybe even the worst human beings can be redeemed, with the help of some ruthless extraterrestrial jerks?  Or maybe not.

    And Mr. Garibaldi, like Harry Potter, is willing to break the rules when needed, and this helps G’Kar and the Narn, and wins my love for him, despite his personal faults.

 

    Neatnik’s review has some superb images and commentary on the plot connections and acting in this episode.

Last Monday’s review was The Long Twilight Struggle,

Next Minbari Monday is The Fall of Night, end of the year 2259, and of Season 2.

Shira

 

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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-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

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

                                       help build a kinder future: Project Do Better: … a Better World

( 5 month GED lesson 23 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story, especially historical women’s stories, can inspire courage and 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
(free: 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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

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



 

13 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays, Comes the Inquisitor, and Testing

  1. Main characters who are courageous enough, so long as their hearts in the right places, to break the rules are the kind that I have the best appreciation for nowadays. Clearly the world needs that kind of role model more than ever. Absolute rules like all absolute powers can corrupt absolutely. So it’s a good message that conscience is never about deciding what’s right or wrong, but about seeing and doing what the right thing already is.

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    1. But doesn’t that kind of require already having thought out and decided right from wrong? When I stood in front of that drunken giant, I had already spent years deciding that it was never ok to stand idly by while the blood of my neighbor was shed, and that was why my feet acted of their own accord. I had invested so much time, prior to that event, in preparing to defend myself and others that the shame of not doing so outweighed any conscious thought, but this is not a meritorious thing. I had no idea at all, in the moment, what was the right thing: I had already spent years pondering it. Right from wrong is not something that is decided in one moment, but over a lifetime, and that is what both Delenn and Captain Sheridan did.

      (ref. to giant: https://shiradest.wordpress.com/2021/12/10/short-narrative-nonfiction-some-beatings-are-worth-taking/ )

      Shira

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      1. I believe that true integrity can be decided from the heart which can indeed depend on a long life of so much contemplation. Thank you, Shira, for your helpful points.

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      2. Speaking from my childhood experiences with violence and bullying from others, I was openly as vulnerable and humbled as so many of us can be at the earliest ages. The moral dramas of some of my favourite shows like Star Trek, Doctor Who and The Twilight Zone helped me through it. We are all here on Mother Earth to learn, even through all the rough patches, and all those who can make the best laws for us are never exceptions. Remembering that it’s one of God’s most indiscriminate gifts for the human race reassures me the most naturally right things in life can still resonates with us.

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