Starfish

Mushroom's thought of the day:

He who saves one life, saves the world entire.

–Talmud

A traveler was walking along a beach when he saw a woman scooping up starfish off the sand and tossing them into the waves. Curious, he asked her what she was doing.

The woman replied:

'When the tide goes out, it leaves these starfish stranded on the beach. They will dry up and die before the tide comes back in, so I am throwing them back into the sea where they can live.'

The traveler then asked her:

'But this beach is miles long and there are hundreds of stranded starfish, many will die before you reach them — do you really think throwing back a few starfish is really going to make a difference?'
The woman picked up a starfish and looked at it, then she threw it into the waves and said: 'It makes a difference to this one.'

–Popular fable

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