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<b>This story captures the heart of animal rights activists' efforts. I'd like this to be made a sticky, if possible. Thank you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br></b>The Starfish Story<br><br><br><br>
adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley<br><br>
1907 - 1977<br><br><br><br>
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.<br><br><br><br>
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.<br><br><br><br>
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.<br><br><br><br>
He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"<br><br><br><br>
The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."<br><br><br><br>
"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.<br><br><br><br>
To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."<br><br><br><br>
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"<br><br><br><br>
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."
 

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I love love LOVE this story!! I got it in an email several years ago.<br><br>
I'm going to print it out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I seem to be the only person in this thread who hadn't heard that story before.<br><br>
It's beautiful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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It is indeed beautiful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I loved that, and sent it to several of my friends. Thanks VJ!
 

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I rewrote it..<br><br><br><br>
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.<br><br><br><br>
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.<br><br><br><br>
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.<br><br><br><br>
He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"<br><br><br><br>
The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."<br><br><br><br>
"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.<br><br><br><br>
To this, the young man replied, "Would you rather have me throw them at you?"<br><br><br><br>
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "Just asking a question! No need to get your panties in a bunch!"<br><br><br><br>
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it at the wise man.<br><br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Marie, you are eeeeevil. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:">
 

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I'm not the one who threw the starfish at the man. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I like Marie's version too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I have a version that includes a bit about shelter animals......Don't remeber where I got it.<br><br><br><br>
I walked into the shelter, the owner greeted me.<br><br>
She was helping Misty learn to trust. She was struggling I could see.<br><br>
I said, "Tell me why you bother, why you waste your time this way.<br><br>
Misty's only one of thousands, does it matter anyway?"<br><br>
And she said, "It matters to this one. She deserves a chance to grow.<br><br>
It matters to this one. I can't save them all I know.<br><br>
But it matters to this one, I'll help her be what she can be.<br><br>
It matters to this one, and it matters to me."
 

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<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>geronimango</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I have a version that includes a bit about shelter animals......Don't remeber where I got it.<br><br><br><br>
I walked into the shelter, the owner greeted me.<br><br>
She was helping Misty learn to trust. She was struggling I could see.<br><br>
I said, "Tell me why you bother, why you waste your time this way.<br><br>
Misty's only one of thousands, does it matter anyway?"<br><br>
And she said, "It matters to this one. She deserves a chance to grow.<br><br>
It matters to this one. I can't save them all I know.<br><br>
But it matters to this one, I'll help her be what she can be.<br><br>
It matters to this one, and it matters to me."</div>
</div>
<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:">
 
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