- A friend of ours was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at
sunset. As he walked along, he began to see another man in the
distance. As he grew nearer, he noticed that the local native
kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into
the water. Time and again he kept hurling things out into the
As our friend approached even closer, he noticed that the man was
picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one
at a time, was throwing them back into the water.
Our friend was puzzled. He approached the man and said, Good
evening, friend. I was wondering what you were doing."
"I'm throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see it's
low tide right now and all of these starfish have washed up onto
shore. If I don't throw them back into the sea, they'll die up
here from lack of oxygen."
"I understand," my friend replied, "but there must be thousands of
starfish on this beach. There are simply too many. And don't you
realize that this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all
up and down the coast. Can't you see that you can't possibly make
The local native smiled, bent down and picked up yet another
starfish; and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied,"Made a
difference to that one."