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Minbari Mondays, Gropos, & The Hidden Cost of Details

      This week’s set of incidents is the 10th this year, the third year of operation of the 5th Babylon station.  These events show the cost of not knowing important details, just as we all need to know the details of local laws related to finance and consumer credit policy…:

 

Greetings, from Tuzanor:

The events of these three days, in your Earth year 2259, are more important for you Humans to contemplate, than for us.  The Minbari made certain, particularly my Order, that after this incident, Ambassador Delenn learned how to fight, and to fight well.

The tragedy of those who became friends with some station personnel, and rescued our ambassador, could have been avoided, if only an arrogant father had listened to his son.  Like the captain, Dr. Franklin had details which could have saved lives, details of the heart, which, like the details of strategy offered by Captain Sheridan, were ignored by General Franklin.  Your general, or rather, his marines, paid the price for this deliberate ignorance both of empathy and of strategic knowledge.  And we are all diminished by this loss.

 

Writing from Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

 

             Shira’s addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report:

      I love how Babylon 5 has fun, but never looks away from the price, and never glorifies violence.  The cost of ignoring our humanity, and of ignoring the motives of our so-called allies, can be high.  For all of us, even those who survive such mistakes.        

 

Last week’s review was of the s2, original order ep 9: The Coming of Shadows

Next week’s s2ep11, All Alone in the Night, will post on Monday, 25.10.21…

 

-Shira Destinie Jones

Shira

 

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.  

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of having and listening to details, and of the reasons behind what others may want us to do, please.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

     by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

           help build a kinder future: Do Better: a Vision of a Better World

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 10 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning…

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

Shira Destinie Jones is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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Minbari Mondays, The Coming of Shadows, Choices, and Conscience

      Good news!  The Great Machine, on Epsilon III, is now delivering messages again, through time and space!  This week’s set of incidents is the 9th this year, the third year of operation of the 5th Babylon station.  These events, in particular, have much to do with her Order, so it is with great pleasure that I renew our correspondence from Ranger Mayann, writing to us from a long time from now, in one of the principal cities of her planet, Minbar:

 

Greetings, from Tuzanor:

 

The events of this day, in your Earth year 2259, are critical history to The Anla’Shok, as I look back from what is now your earth year 2278.  While my Order suspected your existence for many years, only at this time were we fully able to begin working together with you, the other half of our soul-race.  I am writing to you from over 200 years in your future, in the hope of helping to prepare you Humans for the great darkness to come, if it cannot be avoided.

 

The keys to either avoiding, or surviving, the coming darkness are the same: acts of conscience, borne of choices made for the right reasons.

 

Some, like Mr. Garibaldi, lock up the voice of conscience until the demands of that voice break through.  My colleague, a Human member of my Order, persisted.  He continued demanding to speak, until Garibaldi listened.  A gatekeeper who listens to his conscience is a worthy one.

 

Many though, like Londo Mollari, do not listen to the voice of conscience.  For Mollari, that voice was the humble Vir Cotto.  His pleas fell on deaf ears, but not without warning.  Conscience begs us to do what is right, but the choice remains in our hands.

 

The Centauri emperor Turhan was moved by the choices of Captain Sheridan, Commander Ivanova, and Dr. Franklin to put themselves “in harm’s way in the interest of peace.”

 

The choice of Ambassador G’Kar was far less pacific, but failed to accomplish his goal, fortunately for him and his people.  Had he succeeded, the bloodshed which began that day might never have ended, until all of Narn and its people were entirely wiped out.  So, the choice of his greatest enemy, at this point in history, turned out to be slightly less destructive than that of G’Kar, even if both of their choices were made for the wrong reasons.

 

Remember:

                            Conscience Matters.

                     Choices Matter.

               Reasons Matter.   

 

Writing from Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year2278,

 

Anla’Shok Mayann

 

             Sorry for the lag in Ranger Mayann’s perspective reviews, these past few weeks.  I’ve been too tired to make the extra effort, after extracting the themes, to get into her character for her ‘letter’ from the Minbari perspective on the last couple of episodes, but now that my first draft of Do Better is done and needs to rest a bit, I am going back to some of my story work, including the next B5 reviews from the pov of this new character.

         Many thanks to Neatnik for pointing out that this episode won the first of two Hugo awards for Babylon 5.  His review gives a more traditional plot and character perspective of episode 9, season 2.

 

Last week’s review was of the s2, original order ep 8: Soul Mates

next week will post on Monday…

 

-Shira Destinie Jones

Shira

 

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.  

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of having and following a conscience, and of the reasons behind the choices we make, please.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

     by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

           help build a kinder future: Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 5 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning…

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

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Minbari Mondays, Soul Mates, and, Things Are Not Always as They Seem…

This week, Ranger Mayann did not send a report, so this 8th episode (in original, not viewing, order) of season 2, will again be from my point of view, rather than from the Minbari point of view:

   I love the way this episode highlights the fact (much like many of the Harry Potter books, too) that things really are not always as they appear to be:

1.)   more institutional abuse,   and yes, Neatnik, “be afraid, be very afraid” of the Corps,

and

2.)  also be a little afraid of Londo Mollari, or very afraid, when he starts wearing blue…

  In this episode, we see a rather humiliated Ambassador Delenn.  A bad hair day is not ok for the Minbari.

 

      May we all learn to look past appearances, and keep those who tell us the truth in our lives.

 

Neatnik’s review of this episode has more plot and character details.  Note that this, the original order, has this episode after Race through dark Places, due to filming issues at the time, and in this, the original rather than viewing order, it shows Talia Winters having been shorn of her trust in the Corps before now being willing to admit that the Corps scares the hell out of her, instead of being “Mother and Father” to her.  

Ouch, how we have to learn…

ps:  Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, here, but do the Minbari religious caste seem a bit hung up on their dignity?   🙂

Still stymied Shira

-Shira Destinie Jones

Shira

 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.

 

Last week, and next week are part of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of institutional ethics, please.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

My Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and

a proposed Vision for a kinder world on Wondering Wednesdays…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

You may read Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free.  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

Shira Destinie Jones’ work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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Minbari Mondays,A Race Through Dark Places, and, Standing Together

This week, Ranger Mayann did not send a report, so this 7th episode (in original, not viewing, order) of season 2, will be from my point of view, rather than from the Minbari point of view:

   I love the way this episode highlights two things:

1.)   institutional abuse,   and

2.)  how standing together can overcome and even prevent such abuse.

  Along the way, in this episode, we see the start of another soon to be Babylon 5 institution: the courtship of Captain Sheridan and Ambassador Delenn.  When they are not dining out, the captain is being unpleasantly surprised to discover that an interstellar version of The Underground Railroad is being run by his own chief medical officer, Dr. Franklin.  Those the doctor is helping to rescue must convince a loyal member of the ruthless PsyCorps to cooperate with them, at the very real risk of being tortured and killed for her trouble.  As someone who was raised by the Corps, for her, “the Corps is mother, the Corps is father” is really true.  So it takes a great deal of persuasion by telepaths whom she considers to be out of line and unreasonable, before she is willing to listen to the horrors that her beloved Corps has put them through.  And the fact that this episode shows them telling her through spoken words, rather than telepathically, indicates their level of respect for her privacy and for her decision not to listen.  But, she did listen, and then she learned.

May we all learn to do the same: listen, and learn, and stand with those who suffer.

Shira

 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.

 

Last week’s Spider in the Web, and next week’s Soul Mates,  are part of a letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

Neatnik’s review of this episode has more plot and character details.

ps:  Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, here, but since the Minbari religious caste are vegetarians, and Captain Sheridan loves his meat, how did they ever eat anything but Flarn together?   🙂

Simply stymied Shira

-Shira Destinie Jones

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of institutional ethics, please.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport


ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

My Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and

a proposed Vision for a kinder world on Wondering Wednesdays…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

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Minbari Mondays, Spider in the Web, and, crazy solutions for peace

This week, Ranger Mayann has no report, but I am taking the liberty of summing up this 6th episode of season 2, from what I hope would be the Minbari point of view:

 

“I’ve read your proposal, Mr. Isogi. Frankly, you’re either insane or a very brave man. “

Here, after this reaction from a representative of a provisional colonial government, Taro Isogi reminds her, as the Minbari often remind us, that history matters.  And so does long term innovative thinking.   His idea of Future Corp was a way of solving the violence on the Mars colony peacefully.

Einstein said that only by thinking at a different level from which our problems began, can we solve those problems.  This episode represents that idea in a more concrete form.  

The core of the actual problem is that there exists a black ops agency buried deeply within the Earth government, working against the interests of peace.  Captain Sheridan confides his intention to find that agency, the metaphorical Spider in the Web, and to destroy it.  This is why this episode represents so much of what I love about Babylon 5: the willingness to confront unpleasant realities, and then create tools to deal with them.

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.

 

Last week’s Long Dark, and next week’s Race Through Dark Places

There are earlier episodes, as part of a letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of history and building on earlier knowledge to make space and tools to solve new problems, please.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can read Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free.  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

Shira Destinie Jones’ work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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Minbari Mondays, The Long Dark, and, mental health care in outer space

 

“Now what would a guy with everything in the world do with one of those?”

Good question, coming from a homeless combat veteran suffering from nightmares and flashbacks, in response to Garibaldi’s suggestion that he knows some good therapists.  Just before that, Garibaldi tells a young security officer that he knows this “lurker” served in the infantry because, while watching the homeless “lurker” having a nightmare, he tells the young security officer that

“I’ve had that same dream.”

Hence, as the Minbari often reminds us, history matters.  And so does health care.

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

 

 

Last week; 

     This was the 5th episode of Season 2, of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.   

                    Next week…

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of history and mental health care, please.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

Shira Destinie Jones’ work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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Minbari Mondays, A Distant Star, and, Ask a Librarian about lifeboats!

Here is the latest installment of our ongoing letter from Ranger Mayann.

This is her 4th report during the third year of operation of the station:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:

In this report, in the beginning of your Earth year 2259, it was the third year of operation of the station.   Captain Sheridan shows, in this incident, why he was worthy to become The One that Will Be…

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar Earth year 2279,

Anla’Shok Mayann

Shira’s Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report:

This episode is so cool, because it takes a little known historical fact, and uses it in a new situation.  And it shows that thinking outside the box matters.   The aptly named explorer ship Cortéz gets a beautiful long-shot rescue “taking a page from the life boat service” in a daring new tactic that proves once again that this guy is the right person for the job.

For the first time ever, also, I can agree with a comment on drinking, as Ivanova tells the Captain to stop worrying about his lost friends, promising to drink with him, if it ends up being a Wake, but in the meantime, to focus on that old Egyptian blessing.

Garibaldi, and even Delenn, meanwhile, both take on the Italian food delegation as distractions to talking with the Doctor.

 

Last week’s Geometry of Shadows, and next week’s Long Dark

That was part of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of history as one of the tools  we use to solve modern problems, please.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

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Minbari Mondays, The Geometry of Shadows, and Technomages love Mollari!

Ok, so maybe they don’t, and the feeling is surely mutual! Here is the latest installment of our ongoing letter from Ranger Mayann.

This is her 3rd report of the third year of operation of the station:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:

In this report, in the beginning of your Earth year 2259, it was the start of the third year of operation of the station. Ambassador Delenn had just finished making her transition, during this incident.  While no Minbari were involved in the events of this report, the relationship between Michael Garibaldi, Captain Sheridan, and Commander Ivanova are shown to deepen in important ways, by this report.

This set of events, most importantly, show the adaptability and determination that would later lead to the rise of Ivanova from EarthForce to the leadership of my order, the Anla’Shok.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar Earth year 2279,

Anla’Shok Mayann

Shira’s Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report:

This episode is hilarious .   Even the serious parts, like the start of Garibaldi’s character arc, are funny.  First, the funny stuff!

For the first time in many years, the Technomages are seen.  In numbers.  This is not a good thing, but, Londo Mollari is never deterred by good sense.  Suffice it to say that he is taught better manners by the head of that order.

Garibaldi, on the more serious side, is in a less than humorous place, toying with his service weapon, and with reasons to live, or not.  Captain Sheridan gives him a chance to find a reason to keep living and serving, and Garibaldi takes it, when he realizes that his unique set of paranoid skills are just what the Captain and the station need.

Ivanova, meanwhile, just promoted to full Commander, learns to bring unity, through purple dye.

 

And of course, Mollari, does not learn anything, yet. 

But he will…

 

Last week, then next week: part of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of finding the right reasons to live, and what tools  we use to do that in our different ways, please.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can read Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free.  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

Shira Destinie Jones’s work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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Minbari Mondays, Revelations, and Remembering Names

There is an interruption in the sending of our fictional letter (reviewing each film and episode of Babylon 5) that I receive each week from Ranger Mayann.

Here is my replacement of what would have been her 2nd report of the third year of operation of the station:

This episode is incredible.   For the first time, old enemies must become allies, as G’Kar tries to tell the others what danger awaits them all, and begins to become the Cassandra of the galaxy:

Weep for the future, Na’Toth. Weep for us all.”

And not only for the quote of a famous Yeats poem:

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

Many thanks to Neatnik for this quote, and his much better review of this episode.

Last week, and next week:  Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of history.

2.) 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.

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

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Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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Minbari Mondays,Points of Departure, and Honor

This is the continuation of our fictional letter (reviewing each film and episode of Babylon 5) that I receive each week from Ranger Mayann.

Here is her 1st report of the third year of operation of the station:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:

In this report, in the beginning of your Earth year 2259, it was the start of the third year of operation of the station. Ambassador DeLenn was making her transition, during this sad incident with our people, and Lenier had at last allowed to answer the question that has been haunting you Humans for the previous ten years. He explained to Captain Sheridan the Starkiller, newly sent to command Babylon 5, that the reason for our surrender at what you call The Battle of The Line is that you Humans, like us, now share our souls. While the captain was not yet able to believe this truth, he nevertheless made use of it, in holding back his fighters, to win the safety of the station.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar Earth year 2279,

Anla’Shok Mayann

  Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report, by Shira: This episode is not one of my favorite, for some reason, as we get a lot of preconceived ideas about groups of people here, but we do see, later, how those prejudices change over time. That is one of the things I really love about this series, in that it models learning.

Last week, next week, of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the many kinds of Honor.

2.) 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.

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

4.) Go see Neatnik’s review of this episode.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can read Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free.  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

Shira Destinie Jones is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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