On Sci-Fi Love

I recently binged watched Babylon 5 (a sci-fi series that ran from 1993 to 1998). While I enjoyed it because it was science fiction, I also liked it because, like most sci-fi, it brought up sociological, and philosophical issues of that time period. It likewise stirred in religious issues and beliefs.

One of my favourite is from ISA (Inter-Stellar Alliance) Declaration of Principles:

“The universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice.
The language is not Narn, or Human, or Centauri, or Gaim or Minbari
It speaks in the language of hope
It speaks in the language of trust
It speaks in the language of strength and the language of compassion
It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul.
But always it is the same voice
It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us,
And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born
It is the small, still voice that says
We are one
No matter the blood
No matter the skin
No matter the world
No matter the star:
We are one
No matter the pain
No matter the darkness
No matter the loss
No matter the fear
We are one
Here, gathered together in common cause, we agree to recognize this
singular truth and this singular rule:
That we must be kind to one another
Because each voice enriches us and ennobles us and each voice lost
diminishes us.
We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire
that will light the way to a better future.
We are one.”

Babylon 5: Season 5 Episode 91 “Rising The Paragon of Animals” written by J. Michael Straczynski

In the above example, one can replace “Narn, or Human, or Centauri, or Gaim or Minbari” with to “Caucasian, African, European, Middle-Eastern, or Asian” to provide a discourse about our modern world affairs and to provide commentary on how we should live and work as one race – the human race; this is but one example.

Here are two more of my favorite quotes (both from Episode 108 by J. Michael Straczynski/ Harlan Ellison:

“I believe that when we leave a place, part of it goes with us and part of us remains. Go anywhere in the station, when it is quiet, and just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all our conversations, every thought and word we’ve exchanged. Long after we are gone… our voices will linger in these walls for as long as this place remains. But I will admit… that the part of me that is going will very much miss the part of you that is staying.”
— G’Kar to Sheridan in Babylon 5: “Objects in Motion”

And

“It’s ironic. Heh. You have to leave because everybody wants you. They’re fighting over you. And I have to leave because nobody wants me. And yet we are the same in many ways. We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away. My rains have come and gone… for now. Yours are just beginning.”
— G’Kar to Sheridan in Babylon 5: “Objects in Motion”

I missed this show called: Babylon 5. I miss it because the characters were fallible (they weren’t perfect and each made terrible mistakes in their lives, in their choices and in their actions). I enjoyed it for it’s good story-line, it’s excellent writing, and because it wasn’t afraid to debate the hard issues of its day: racial differences, tolerance (or lack thereof), religion, and beliefs.
—Robert Confiant 19 August 2016

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