“The Starfish Story”

There was a boy on the beach. He was walking along and saw a sea of starfish washed up on shore, as their lives diminished gasping trying to get back in the water. The little boy didn’t think of the severity, but figured he would help. So he began to start picking up the starfish one by one as he threw them into the ocean. Pick up, throw. Pick up, throw. Pick up throw. As he was doing this, a man approached him and said, “You know, you won’t be able to save all of them. What’s the point of wasting your time and trying to save them?“. The little boy smiled and replied, “I know I won’t be able to save all of them..” as he continued to do what he was doing, except when he picked each one up and threw them back in the ocean he then said, “But I can save that one, and that one, and that one, and that one.”

(hopefully I was able to describe the story just as well as she did)

I had heard this story in my last psychology class when we were talking about Altruism; which is the unselfish interest in helping another. And boy did it make me smile. You see, people shouldn’t look as helping people in a whole. Instead, look to help people one by one. Everyone has their own story, everyone has their own background, and everyone is different. So looking at as if you won’t be able to help a whole group will diminish the good that you are trying to do, instead understand that helping someone one-by-one is just as great. Instead of giving parts of your heart for others, give your whole heart to as many people as you can – slowly but surely.

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