Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons in “Severed Dreams” (B5:s3e10) About Despair

       This week we are no longer bothering to try to find ways to be happy about the fact that Ranger Mayann is prohibited from writing to us from Minbar. 

    This week’s lessons:

          1.  All of history is filled with moments of despair.

          2.  Sometimes, faith in hope really is required to get through that moment.


   This episode so well captures the sentiments of many people, that “the problems of others are not our concern” since they do not seem to affect them, personally, and that what one does in isolation will not affect others (if one cared).   Neither of these sentiments is true.  But to understand that, one must have the context of history, and the perspective provided by knowing that there is more than just oneself.  Or at least remembering that so far, no person in history has managed to toilet train himself, invent an alphabet, design a home, and build it entirely alone.            

  Another Prophet, Toni Morrison, asserted that one of  the responsibilities of the black woman writer is “to bear witness to a history that is unrecorded” and to write that which one sees the need for, but does not yet exist.

  Let’s learn from this, and write, while learning languages to help build community, before we have to face unchangeable consequences, please.  

We, as a society and globally, really can Do Better.




Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.



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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7 thoughts on “Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons in “Severed Dreams” (B5:s3e10) About Despair

  1. Yes, the problems of others are always our concerns. Likewise, our problems are properly the concerns of others. John Donne wrote:
    No man is an island,
    Entire of itself,
    Every man is a piece of the continent,
    A part of the main.
    If a clod be washed away by the sea,
    Europe is the less.
    As well as if a promontory were.
    As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
    Or of thine own were:
    Any man’s death diminishes me,
    Because I am involved in mankind,
    And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
    It tolls for thee.

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