In his book, "The
Star Thrower", Loren E.Eisley talks
of the day when he was walking on the beach
sands where hundreds of starfish had been
washed up on the shore.
He noticed a little boy picking up the starfish
one by one and throwing them back into the
He observed the boy for a few minutes, accosted
him and asked what he was upto.
The boy replied that he was returning the
starfish to the sea, otherwise, they would
Eisley was both touched and amused. He asked
the boy; how saving a few when so many were
doomed would make any difference whatsoever?
The boy picked up a starfish and as he threw
it back, said
"It's going to make a lot of difference
to this one!"
Eisley left the beach and went home to continue
writing only to discover that he could not
type a single word.
He returned to the beach and spent the rest
of the day helping the little boy throw
starfish into the sea.