The Last Minbari Monday: Some Reflections on Babylon 5, and Hope

“Pause, and consider.” (a quote from the previous B5…)

 As I quoted last week, and continue to do.  This series has indeed given us much food for thought, and maybe also a ray of hope for our world.  People do, sometimes, nurture the angels of their better natures, and we do sometimes “do the right thing because it is the right thing to do,” as our Naval Leadership instructor taught at USNA.  But doing the right thing sometimes carries with it, as when refusing to follow an unlawful order, 


“Negative, Fleet Command. The Vesta will not engage in support of illegal orders.”


when standing up for a wrongly accused personzola_jaccuse   

tremendous, even mortal, risk.

   There is also the importance of community, both of building community, as Delenn shows us, and of knowing when to sacrifice for the good of community, as G’Kar agrees to do, in accepting Londo’s demands to satisfy his torturers,  (and enduring long enough  GkarCell  to help accomplish) the freeing of Narn  GkarCapt   by the Centauri under Londo, and later finds that he must do (ok, I think that happens in season 5, which I am not reviewing, but you could see it coming after the death of Emperor Catargia, which G’Kar is credited with near godhood for negotiating), when he leaves the station for everyone’s own good.


This series reminds us that even under the worst tyrant, while enduring the worst suffering, hope must still live, and that we are each obligated to use every gift and resource at our disposal to help keep that hope alive, and to help create tools that can contribute to the building of a better world.  chrysalisDelenn  

This series is about making the difficult decisions to do the right thing, and following through with those decisions, in spite of the cost.  delenns4e11  That is what makes it such an important and inspiring series.

   This is what Project Do Better works to help accomplish.



Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.


May we Do Better

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 Babylon 5 could help that process.

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

3.)  Back to The Beginning of this Letter from Minbar


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4 thoughts on “The Last Minbari Monday: Some Reflections on Babylon 5, and Hope

  1. For a futuristic show that quite often dramatized how doing the right thing was not always as easy as we might have expected, Babylon 5 was most daring for expressing how much growing up we’d all have to do even when we reach such an advanced space age. With all the contemporary drama that it can still parallel today, and with our more-than-ever popular subject of intergalactic contact growing nearer everyday, Babylon 5 earns even more recognition and certainly for the reboot that they’re planning. Thank you, Shira, for all your Babylon 5 reviews.

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