Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Star Thrower...


Our world has been profoundly influenced by the thoughts, beliefs and actions of all its past and present habitants. History is created not only by those whose names are revered and celebrated, but also by the infamous and unknown. All those who live, carve out in some special way their very own niche.



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 ocean.
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 die.
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.