The ocean has always scared me. It’s vastness made it feel mysterious which left me uneasy because I really didn’t know what it was capable of. Alternately, the ocean is BEAUTIFUL, it’s home to life and ecosystems, it separates and connects lands, people and cultures, it offers an abundance of resources for thousands of organisms and species. Yet — fear of the unknown has always kept me from ever fully embracing it’s many wonders. Fear of the unknown, of it’s capabilities, of it’s dangers, keeps us from forming beautiful, robust experiences, understandings and relationships. Instead, it leaves room to commit senseless murders, to separate innocent children from their families, to criminalize victims and use the law to protect their perpetrators. There is way too much access to knowledge and information about the histories and lives of people who don’t look like us — how dare we not educate ourselves and develop an understanding of different cultures and as a result develop empathy and humanity towards them.