Another interesting email that had to be put up. This is directly quoted, so any errors,
spelling or otherwise, are the direct work of the writer.
From firstname.lastname@example.org Fri Apr 3 14:36:44 1998 Date: Thu, 02 Apr 1998 04:33:58 -0800 From: Mary and Joseph Ravitts
Subject: You little suspect what you've accomplished Dear Ms. Bolin, It never even occurred to me before that I might ever DISLIKE the character of Delenn. You, however, have managed to make it possible for me, in the very course of your deifying her. Just what DOES Delenn deserve? Return with me to the starship on board which Dukhat died. In her hysterical grief over her teacher's death, Delenn--an intelligent adult who should have known better-- CHOSE to regard her own loss as more important than the lives of AN ENTIRE SPECIES OF BEINGS, not all of whom could by ANY stretch be considered guilty for Dukhat's death. She therefore indulged her infantile self-pity by calling for the EXTERMINATION of that entire species; and so Delenn, more than ANY other person, was DIRECTLY at fault for the QUARTER-MILLION DEATHS which occurred in that one-sided war. "Deserves better?" What Delenn DESERVES is to be tied up hand and foot, and tossed into a room with fifty Earthmen who all lost close relatives in the war. SO WHAT it she's a "strong" character? As a great poet observed, "For strength from truth divided, and from just [i.e. from justice], illaudable, naught merits but dispraise." Of course, Delenn by now realizes that the blood of Earth's dead is right there on HER "strong" hands. In a slightly belated remorse, she has dedicated herself, not to further self-indulgence with an "I'm worth more" attitude, but to a forlorn effort to make amends for the monstrous crime she willfully and intentionally committed. John Newton, the writer of "Amazing Grace," would have understood Delenn very well. He was once a slave trader; but after he had hon- estly faced the truth of what a crime he had been committing, he had no more time for any self-stroking "I deserve better" talk; his atti- tude, from then till his dying day, was, "I have a debt to repay." And in that humble attitude, a greater strength than all of our cen- tury's trendy self-esteem psychobabble, he fought for decades to abol- ish slavery. He didn't consider any of this as entitling him to be called a god; and Delenn certainly would never claim goddesshood-- not when all her good deeds combined only add up to a feeble effort to repay the moral debt she brought on herself by launching genocide. BESIDES--what's the idea belittling John Sheridan? His title of "Starkiller" shows, not any fault on HIS part, but rather a spoiled- brat sulking on the part of Minbari warriors. Those warriors claim it was unfair for Sheridan to outsmart the Black Star; funny, though, the MINBARI saw nothing unfair about taking cowardly advantage of Earth's weakness in technology to kill thousands of humans risk-free. Most Minbari warriors are arrogant hypocrites; John Sheridan, by con- trast, is a HERO. So much a hero, that J.M.S. (far from "mistakenly" showing DELENN too little respect) now seems to be artificially for- cing John into a bad light by making him act callous toward the hopes of Byron's teep group. This isn't a male-vs.-female issue, unless you choose to make it so. It's an issue of who is more noble--a character who has NEVER been wantonly cruel (John), or a character who HAS been wantonly cruel (Delenn). You would not approve of a man who carried on about his deserving better than the woman he married; so don't expect me to get a better feeling about Delenn through scorning John. Sincerely, Joseph Ravitts http://www.bewellnet.com/~empower/tryout.htm