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Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons from “Walkabout” (B5:s3e18) on Too Much for Yourself, vs. Making a Difference

       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: DieDifference  

“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: ” “

  …

Shira

 

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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Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons from “War Without End, P2” (B5:s3e17) on Empathy & Trust

       This week’s lessons:

          1.  Sometimes empathy requires giving the benefit of the doubt to an old enemy.

          2.  Sometimes one must trust the script writer to tie up all the loose ends!

          This episode is full of ties to the ultimate fates of both Londo Mollari and G’Kar, which we see hints of now, but will only be able to fully understand much later.

   My favorite line is that knockout ending:

“I am called Valen.”

imValen

  Let’s learn to build community and trust, which we need in spades to solve our current problems, please.  

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

 

Shira

 

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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Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons from “War Without End, P1” (B5:s3e16) on Empathy & Trust

       This week’s lessons:

          1.  Sometimes empathy requires putting yourself in really old shoes, like Valen’s.

          2.  Sometimes one must trust others to complete what one has begun.

          This episode is the first in which we finally see Minbar, where the current Ranger One, Sinclair, takes delivery of a box sealed 900 years ago, addressed to him: 900YrLtr   with a letter to himself.

         I generally don’t go for time travel episodes in hard sf, but given the Vorlon technology, I could live with this (especially since we’ve already seen their ability to travel through time and pluck out certain people who are perfectly suited to certain tasks…) one.  The fact that it starts with the shock of hearing a distress call from an uncharacteristically frantic Cmdr Ivanova helps set the mood, while the origin being Sector 14, quarantined three years ago due to Bermuda Triangle like phenomenon, caps off the feeling of anticipation.  “Strange things” have happened there…

   Marcus shows why the Rangers are a trustworthy institution:

    “Where Delenn points, I follow.”

   Leading the soon to be Valen to have enough trust to say that:

“…come what may, the Rangers will finish the job.”

   I love the ties in this episode to the tragic fate of Londo Mollari, which we see hints of now, but will only be able to fully understand much later.

   So, this episode required a lot of empathy, and a lot of trust.

  Let’s learn to build community and trust, which we need in spades to solve our current problems, please.  

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

 

Shira

 

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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Minbari Mondays, Two Lessons from “Interludes And Examinations,” (B5:s3e15) on Empathy for a Useful Death?

       This week’s lessons:

          1.  Sometimes a death is not what it seems.  Be sure the investigation covers all angles.

          2.  Not all deaths are a waste, as Vir points out.

   I love Vir’s honesty, and the way we finally see Morden’s true colors on full display in this  episode.   This episode ought to have been called “Deaths and Manipulations.”  Bribing a Rent-a-Cop, then killing him, and blaming the death of Adira on Lord Refa.  Efficient.  True?  We’ll find out, but knowing Vir’s good heart, a death wish from him ShortDying is not to be taken lightly.

   Delenn gives us more information on how your technology can become your best friend, and maybe even a part of you, as with Kosh. 

     Context, again, also matters, and greatly.

    This is a packed episode, with the deaths of Adira and Kosh, the direct involvement of the Vorlons against the Ancient Enemy, and Dr. Franklin fighting his own internal enemy: addiction.  Of course he can’t take the lesson from a friend who still fights the same enemy.   Sadly.  I suppose that we human beings must always learn from hard experience, if we refuse to learn from history or from the counsel of others.

 

  Let’s learn to build community, based on useful lives, please.  

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

 

Shira

 

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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Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons in “Ship of Tears” (B5:s3e14) on Empathy & Information

       This week’s lessons:

          1.  Sometimes it really is necessary to withhold information.  Context matters, but empathy also matters, especially when it’s time to do the explaining…

          2.  Not all information is correct.  Empathy can probably help figuring that out, too…

   I love the growth we see in this  episode.    G’Kar admits, and Delenn understands, that he would have killed her, had he heard what she just told him, some time ago.  She had to withhold it for the greater good, allowing the fall of Narn, in order to prevent it’s entire destruction.  But he was too angry to have understood that back at the time.  His time in isolation has given him time to ponder, and to learn.  Writing about it has probably also helped in the reflective process, although we will see that some information should not be released prematurely, even if it is correct. 

Context, again, also matters, and greatly.

“…extremely popular martial law…”

    That, of course, is simply a lie.  Despite those who do think that it lowered street crime.  No one cares about the crime that goes on behind closed doors, apparently.

 

   Cptn Sheridan, meanwhile, gets to worry Bester by “thinking it over.”   Excellent!

 

  Let’s learn from this, and to build community, based on information transparency, please.  

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

 

Last Monday’s review was S3e13: Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons in “A Late Message from Avalon” (B5:s3e13) from Charles Dickens on Housing & Health Care , and

Next Minbari Monday is

                                    Season 3 ep15: Minbari Mondays, Two Lessons from “Interludes And Examinations,” (B5:s3e15) on Empathy for a Useful Death? ,   …

Shira

 

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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Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons in “A Late Message from Avalon” (B5:s3e13) from Charles Dickens on Housing & Health Care

       This week’s lessons:

          1.  Victorian “workhouses” are not the best solution to poverty.

          2.  It is easy to “deplete the surplus population” when there is a war on, but this does not solve the problem of hunger.  In fact, wars increase food supply problems.  Instead of withholding health care, why not prevent illnesses and unwanted pregnancies, instead?   Nutrition, self-care, and birth control turn out to be far cheaper, no?

   I love this  episode!!    Marcus makes excellent use of Charles Dickens quotes to point out that the Banth flu he diagnosed early, to Dr. Franklin’s surprise, was easy to predict, given that it is

“normally contracted by …eating out of a waste bin.”

    Then there is his admiration of the Minbari (Religious caste?) language:

“…a subtle language for a subtle people.   …  Direction, determination, patience, and strength.”

    And then there is M. York as King Arthur, and his excellent portrayal of Dr. Franklin’s failure to listen (again), and the devastating consequences that must be solved by Delenn, the Lady of the Lake:

Avalon

   Garibaldi, meanwhile, tangles with a different problem.   And of course there is G’Kar’s good arm lent to the battle to save the old woman’s picture frame from the thieves, and that

“…satisfying thump when they hit the ground!”

   Beautiful ending, as “Sir G’Kar” sends “King Arthur” to help train the Narn resistance, in need of ideas for a new Round Table, as they fight for justice, and to protect the weak and the vulnerable. 

  Let’s learn from this, and to build community, before we have to bury more needlessly starving people, please.  

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

 

Last Monday’s review was S3e12: Sic Transit Vir, and

Next Minbari Monday is Season 3 ep14: “Ship of Tears”   …

Shira

 

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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Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons in “Sic Transit Vir” (B5:s3e12) on Having a Conscience vs. Having a Home

       This week’s lessons:

          1.  History can be a guide, and also a giveaway, when you follow your conscience.

          2.  Sometimes, one must follow the call of conscience, even at the risk of ‘failure’.

   I love this  episode.   Vir finally begins to live up to his potential, despite the risk of falling victim to the wrath of Londo.  Not to mention his family.   And his arranged bride:

SicVir         

  Let’s learn from this, and to build community, before we have to (more) face vengeful oppressed people, please.  

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

 

Shira

 

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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Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons in “Ceremonies of Light and Dark” (B5:s3e11) About Change, and Self-Empathy

       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 change carries some risk.

          2.  Sometimes, even good changes carry bad memories, Marcus.

“History will remember them with reverence.”

-Delenn

   A funeral with the missing man formation, Star Fury style, and a poison in two parts, Old Centauri Republic style, at least according to Londo.

   I love Delenn’s point in inviting someone first precisely because he was so hated, yet in so much need of change, himself.

And her best line yet, to Marcus (is it possible not to have empathy for yourself?):

“…you must forgive yourself… for being alive.”

   This  episode is one that I both love and hate: I love the truths of change, but I hate the vicious sadism of which we see human beings capable in the beginning of this episode.            

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

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

 

Shira

 

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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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.

 

Shira

 

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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Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons in “Point of No Return” (B5:s3e9) About Consequences

       This week we are still working 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 our actions have consequences.

          2.  Sometimes, being sorry just is not enough.

 

            So, this is the B5-Star Trek reconciliation episode.  Majel Barrett, the widow of Gene Roddenberry, plays the starring role in this episode, as widow of the emperor whom Londo helped depose, more or less, contravening his dying wishes in the process.  For that, he is well and justly damned. 

 

         But, of course, he’d like to escape the consequences of his actions. 

 

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

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

 

Last Monday’s review was S3e8: Msgs from Earth,

Next Minbari Monday is Season 3 ep10: Severed Dreams  …

Shira

 

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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