"It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top." - Hunter S. Thompson
It seems rather neat to draw such a distinction, but in reality, civilization is an illusion anyway. We're all in the food chain, and we can't all be on top. It's the Law of the Sea of Humanity.
This so-called civilization has the same beautiful but deadly anemones. It's got sponges. It's got worms. It's got seemingly brilliant dolphins, clever seals and instinctively predatory sharks. It's got some who are just trying to blend into the sand and not be noticed, and some who live their whole lives in a shell because - let's face it - they're just too delectable a morsel if we can ever break into it, and some who just can't resist dancing atop the water just for the attention (even if it might end up getting 'em harpooned). Forget the waterline. We're all just trying to stay alive. But unlike life under the sea, we get to choose where we belong.