Sunday, October 17, 2010

Starfish (rep)

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down tot he shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May i ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied," The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented ,"But, young man, you do realize there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile. You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."


  1. hm... yeah, it makes you think about some things differently...

  2. The little things in life that you do that matter.

  3. starfish:"blublublublublub i can't swim"

  4. HAHHA SILLY OLD BUM you're so funny :)

  5. I remember having that story told to me when I was a kid in school, like eight or nine years old. I don't remember why, it's not like kids care enough to think.