Galveston Bay, not far from where I live, is a series of many different environments under all that water.
When I’ve looked at Galveston Bay in the past, what I saw was one undifferentiated body of water. I was wrong. Many factors, such as salinity and water depth, create a variety of environments.
This is something I’ve learned about by reading Galveston Bay by Sally Antrobus and Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion by Alan Burdick.
We might term Galveston Bay as an environment both seamless and fragmented. It is one bay. At the same time, certain creatures can live near sources of fresh water and other creatures thrive in areas where the salinity is higher.
This diversity in what might appear to be just one ecosystem, alerts us against making generalizations about other complicated things. Sweeping statements about a certain places, about groups of people, or about individuals are likely to be incomplete or just plain wrong.
In moments of frustration, when I’m inclined to see some thing or some person as all or mostly bad, I am going to try and think about the complexity of Galveston Bay.