Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Parable of the Starfish

AKA "The Parable of the School Psychologist" 

One day, an old man was walking along the beach. It was low tide, and the sand was littered with thousands of stranded starfish that the water had carried in and then left behind.

The man knew the starfish would die if left on the beach's dry sand but he reasoned that he could not possibly help them all, so he chose to do nothing and continued walking. 

Soon afterward, the man came upon a small child on the beach who was throwing one starfish after another back into the sea. The old man stopped and asked the child, "What are you doing?" 

"I'm saving the starfish," the child replied. 

"Why waste your time? There are so many you can't save them all, so why does it matter?" asked the man.

Without hesitation, the child picked up another starfish and tossed the starfish back into the water. "It matters to this one," the child said.

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