“All of life can be broken down into moments of transition or moments of revelation. This had the feeling of both.”
Picture by NASA: Hubble Telescope
The outer rim is a place alluded to in both Star Wars and Babylon 5. But, it is in Babylon 5 where, in my opinion, a great metaphor is born. And, it has since morphed into my own personal metaphor regarding my evolution toward authenticity. By leaving the unessential behind, I hope to finally live the life that I have dreamed.
Here is a synopsis of the Babylon 5 metaphor:
At the end of the shadow war, Sheridan and Delenn, two main characters, talk about how the younger beings of the universe can come out of war and hiding and stop being afraid of the shadows. The shadows are just one of the ancient beings and civilizations of the universe that live in the outer rim and are extremely powerful.
Some ancient beings (races) believe that evolution is achieved through conflict – hence the Shadows started the war. While other ancient races believe evolution is achieved through peace, prosperity, and education etc.
The ancients are much more advanced or evolved than humans and the other younger races of the universe. It is implied that just beyond the outer rim is where these ancients go to die / evolve / ascend.
In a movie continuing the Babylon 5 saga, released sometime after the series had concluded, older original cast members, in character, reminisce and talk about what they are doing now. The character G’kar is not there and somebody tells the others that “he is exploring the outer rim.” In real life the actor who played G’kar had passed away. (Good metaphor!)
Beyond the Outer Rim is my exploration of human evolution. My evolution – and hopefully your evolution – if you would like to join me for the adventure.
In this blog, I will explore topics relating to simple / minimal living and lifestyle, eastern philosophies, un-consumerism, creativity, and -of course- “serious” sci-fi matters (occasionally).
“May the force be with us!” and “May we boldly go where we have not been before.”
Check out the awesome monologue from Babylon 5 (below). I think it is particularly poignant at this current place in human evolution.
Babylon 5: created by J. Michael Straczynski
Final note of Season Three spoken by G’kar
It was the end of the Earth year 2260, and the war had paused, suddenly and unexpectedly.
All around us, it was as if the universe were holding its breath . . . waiting.
All of life can be broken down into moments of transition or moments of revelation. This had the feeling of both.
G’Quon wrote, There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way.
The war we fight is not against powers and principalities – it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender.
The future is all around us, waiting in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation.
No one knows the shape of that future, or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain.