This book is a collaboration of community. Together, we are crafting an important message for the world. The book “Floating in Darkness” uses the tool of an autobiographical narrative to assist the reader, and the author, in a journey toward a deeper understanding of life, society, and the interdependent nature of all things. This is a journey of war and peace, conflict and love, height and depth. It is a journey through outer space and inner space. Throughout, we will compare the dancing, intersecting orbits of religion, spirituality, and science. We will touch on nuclear deterrence and explore the intimate violence of combat highlighting the complexities of tribalism. We will address our own mortality and bask in the sheer wonder and beauty of our world and beyond. We will travel from the ocean floor to Earth orbit and back. The purpose of the book and our collaboration is to replace fear with awe and wonder. And to use the platform of awe and wonder as a jump-off point—transforming each of us into white blood cells in a growing immune response to heal our world. Together we will systematically break down the divisive walls that keep us apart. We will bridge gaps and unify effort. The book is designed to spark conversations that transcend political, cultural, national, ethnic and religious divides. Focusing instead on our shared humanity. The overarching message of Floating in Darkness is a message that the world needs to hear. Humanity is presently at a critical fork in the road. Before us are two paths. Floating in Darkness will help us to get on the right path and the stakes have never been higher.