Anecdote: The young man and the starfish: Every Little Helps

As the old man walked down a Spanish beach at dawn, he saw ahead
of him what he thought to be a dancer. The young man was running
across the sand, rhythmically bending down to pick up a stranded
starfish and throw it far into the sea.

The old man gazed in wonder as the young soul again and again
threw the small starfish from the sand into the water. The old
man approached him and asked why he spent so much energy doing
what seemed a waste of time. The young man explained that the
stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun.

"But there are thousands of miles of beach, and miles and
miles of starfish. How can your effort make any difference?"

The young man looked down at the small starfish in his hand, and
as he threw it to safety in the sea, said, "It makes a difference
to this one!"


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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. pou
    May 17, 2009 @ 15:39:51

    It does make that obvious difference, but the young man is missing the point of a bigger picture. He should either create an automatic process for picking up starfishes, or find a way to encourage more people helping him, as the task is too big for him alone. But really, why would he help the starfish in the first place? If they die, Nature is perhaps simply doing her natural selection process, don’t all natural thing happen for a reason? 🙂


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