Message: While walkg along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone the distance leang down, pickg somethg up and throwg it to the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, pickg up startfish one by on and tossg each one gently back to the water. He came closer still and called out, Good morng! May I ask what it is that you are dog? The youn man paused, looked up , and replied Throwg starfish to the ocean. The old man smiled, and said, I must ask, then, why are you throwg starfish to the ocean? To this, the yound man replied, The sun is up and the tide is gog out. If I don't throw them , they'll die. Upon hearg this, the elderly observer commented, But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!
The young man listened politely. Then he bend down, picked up another starfish, threw it back to the ocean past the breakg waves and said, It made a difference for that one.
This story has been circulated aournd the web many versions, usually with no mention of the author. It is said to be paraphrased from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley, 1907-1977.
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