Despite all the efforts of President Sheridan and Delenn, war had broken out between the Centauri and The Alliance. Back in their quarters, Delenn was seated on the floor. in front of a white candle. Sheridan, asks, “Praying?” “Not in the sense you mean it, but yes,” replies Delenn. “Mind if I join you?” Sheridan asks.
He sits beside her on the floor, looks at the candle and asks, “What does the candle represent?”
“Life?” says Delenn.
“Whose life?” Sheridan inquires.
Delenn replies, “All life, every life. We are all born as molecules in the hearts of a billion stars. Molecules that do not understand politics, policies, differences. And for a billion years we foolish molecules forget who we are and where we came from. Desperate acts of ego…we give ourselves names…fight over lines and maps, and pretend that our light is better than everyone else’s.”
Delenn continues, “The flame reminds us of a piece of those stars that live inside us..the spark that tells us, ‘You should know better.’ The flame also reminds us that life is precious… that each flame is unique. As it goes out, it’s gone forever, and there will never be another quite like it. So many candles will go out tonight. I wonder some days, if we can see anything at all.”
That scene was the last scene from Episode 16 of the fifth and last season from the Sci-Fi TV series Babylon 5 entitled “And All My Dreams Torn Asunder”. I’m reminded of how similar we all are. When you get past the appearances, the language, the customs, the nationalities, the ethnicities, deep down we are all the same. Sometimes I wonder why we ever wage wars for a piece of land that we can never own…we can never take with us when we die. Everything we have is a loan from the Creator. If we behaved more like Him, we may yet travel among the stars and behold the wonders of the cosmos. No one need die from hunger while tons of food rot wasted. We were created to be beings of light to push back the darkness. To give warmth and wisdom, to show compassion, to care and to love. It’s sad when we embrace the dark rather than shine.