As the old man
walked on the beach at dawn, he noticed a young man ahead of him
picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Finally catching
up with the youth, he asked him why he was doing this. The answer
was that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning
sun. "But the beach goes on for miles, and there are millions
of starfish," countered the man. "How can your effort make any
The young man looked at the starfish in his hand
and then threw it safely into the waves.
"It makes a difference
to this one," he said.
---Lauren Eisley from "The Star