This week’s lessons:
1. Even Vorlons, as intelligent and advanced as they are, can lack empathy, despite the gruff empathy of Kosh the Good. Even the ‘good guys’ can have diversity. In not good ways.
2. Those who lack empathy will probably never expect different types of people to be able to work together, so diversity and cooperation really are strengths. This is the failure of Shadow understanding, fortunately for us.
This episode is not one of my favorites. I always feel angry at the spoiled hypocrisy of Dr. Franklin, even as I cheer the cooperation of those Minbari telepaths who saved Sheridan in battle, while a singer is saving hope in Down Below.
Those opening credits grab me more than ever, now, with worried looks, thinning hair, and horror.
Garibaldi has the best crew/regular cast line, in this episode:
“…the cause is just, and fair, and necessary.”
Yet, my favorite line, perhaps of the entire season, is that absolute truth ending with the conviction of hope:
“Honey, we are all gonna die from something. … I can make a difference.”
An absolutely beautiful line from an absolutely beautiful woman.
Let’s learn to build tools and the trust to share those tools, for our cause is just, and fair, and necessary.”
Let’s help “make a difference.”
We really can Do Better.
Last Monday’s review was S3e17: Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons from “War Without End, P2” (B5:s3e17) on Empathy & Trust , and then
the Minbari Monday before the one that Neatnik said he has been waiting for:
Season 3 ep19: ” Grey 17 is Missing “
Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.
I come in peace, I am your friend.
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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