This week’s review, from our year 2260 CE, is just by me, since Ranger Mayann is now prohibited from writing to us from Minbar, where she is stationed.
So what is health, really?
I find four things in this episode, thanks to the Minbari way of thinking:
1. Joy, even in the darkest of times, is important. After all, that is why temple includes an entire year of laughter training, for the Minbari Religious Caste, right?
2. Believing in the idea that hope is useful, and possible, helps: alot. As Delenn says: Faith Manages…
3. Is it really healthy to think that your memories make up who you are?
4. Is it really wrong to choose the timing of your own passing, as the Brother has done, apparently, in this episode, in sacrificing himself? Why are we not considered healthy if we decide that it is indeed our time to “Go To The Sea” as the Minbari call it, as the ancient Greeks did (when they didn’t simply “call for the draughts” of hemlock…)?
I love the Abbot’s joyous attitude in the midst of such dark times:
“Your ambassador Delenn…Faith Manages! Check… Mate!”
And Lyta is back!!
My biggest objection to this episode is that erasing all of a person’s memories does not remove the core personality. One is not only the sum of one’s experiences. I don’t understand how anyone can imagine that mere memories form a personality. Two different people, experiencing the same events, will behave quite differently depending on the choices that they make, which is partly driven by their personalities, no?
But I love how Delenn again insists that they honor every true seeker.
The ideas of personality, and how different personalities react to similar events, and of seeking, lead me to the problem of how we approach mental health, and the assumptions we make around health, emotional, mental and spiritual. How do we distinguish those three elements, and upon what grounds do we make the judgements we make about what constitutes healthy behavior, thought, and longing? When one brings up the topic, for instance, of the right to die with dignity, to commit suicide as we say, at a time of one’s own choosing, we often hear that that is “control” in spite of it being the very opposite of control. The ability to decide when and under what circumstances one will die is the very essence of choice. One that is likely a function of personality, as well as state of mind at any given moment, and spiritual beliefs as well, of course. But do we really ask ourselves about the bases upon which we make our most crucial decisions?
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.
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