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Declaration of Principles - On the science fiction adventure series BABYLON 5/SYN/1990-94 ["No Compromises"/Paragon of Animals"] Babylon 5 Commander John Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner) the newly elected President of the Alliance commissioned Narn ambassador G'Kar (Andreas Katsulas) to script a preamble to define the mission of the new alliance of alien worlds. G'kar's words follow:

Babylon 5

"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 the
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.
We are one."

After delivering The Declaration of Principles to Sheridan G'Kar added: "Whoever speaks for the Alliance speaks for many. Consequently this contains the first page of every holy book of every race that has joined the new Alliance. Whoever speaks for the Alliance does so with the understanding that it is the inalienable right of every sentient being to live free, to address wrongs within their own society without fear of retribution. To believe as their conscience requires in matters of faith and also to respect the rights of others to believe differently or not at all. Do you. John J. Sheridan"

A few years earlier Sheridan delivered a prepared speech [one he gave to all his new commands] to initiate his new assignment onboard Babylon 5" It follows:

"It was an early earth president, Abraham Lincoln, who best described our situation. 'The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise to the occasion. We cannot escape history. We will be remembered in spite of ourselves. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor, to the last generation. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, or last best hope for Earth.'" [Episode "Points of Departure"]

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