As I watched the last few episodes of the Sci-Fi TV series Babylon 5, I can’t help but feel sad. There are so many things I’ve learned from the series.
In these last few episodes, one parting that struck me the most was the one between G’Kar, the Narn Ambassador, and John Sheridan, President of the Alliance. G’Kar as always put it most eloquently: “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.”
In our interactions with the people around us…co-workers, acquaintances, superiors, subordinates, we leave a part of us with them, and we take a part of them with us. Some of it good things, some not so good; some hateful, some shameful. Regardless, we become part of everyone we meet, we play with, we laugh with, we fight with, we love, we hate; and they become part of us. We are all interconnected in more ways that we can imagine. I guess we really need to be nicer, more tolerant, more forgiving, more understanding. Whatever we give, we receive. It’s good if we’ve done good, helped someone feel better when they’re down, or something like that. Whatever good we do for another person is carried like a lamp in a dark, stormy night. And, consequently, any evil we do to another person is a poison both parties carry with them; weighing heavily on the soul of both.