The Starfish Flinger by Loren Eiseley, PhD
One day a man was walking along the beach at dawn,
when he noticed a boy picking up starfish
and flinging them into the sea.
Finally catching up with the youth, he asked why
he was doing this. The answer was that the stranded
starfish would die if left until the morning sun.
“But the beach goes on for miles and there are
millions of starfish,” countered the other.
“How can your effort make any difference?”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up
another starfish and threw it back into the surf. Then
smiling at the man, he said “It makes a difference to this one.”