the star thrower

There is a story told about a beach strewn with starfish. In the story, a young man encounters the stranded creatures and is overcome with the desire to rescue them: he bends down and begins to throw the starfish back into the ocean, one by one. A naysayer looking on questions what he’s doing.

“If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

“But don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man bends down, picks up another starfish, and throws it into the sea. He turns to the onlooker.

“It made a difference for that one!”

-from Adoption Through the Rearview Mirror, by Karen Springs. The star-thrower story is originally by Loren Eiseley: this retelling is very adapted.

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