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10/20/99


                        The Legend of the Starfish

A vacationing businessman was walking along a beach when he saw a young boy.
Along the shore were many starfish that had been washed up by the tide and were
sure to die before the tide returned. The boy was walked slowly along the shore
and occasionally reached down and tossed the beached starfish back into the
ocean. The businessman, hoping to teach the boy a little lesson in common sense,
walked up to the boy and said, "I have been watching what you are doing, son.
You have a good heart, and I know you mean well, but do you realize how many
beaches there are around here and how many starfish are dying on every beach
every day. Surely such an industrious and kind hearted boy such as yourself could
find something better to do with your time. Do you really think that what you are
doing is going to make a difference?" The boy looked up at the man, and then he
looked down at a starfish by his feet. He picked up the starfish, and as he gently
tossed it back into the ocean, he said, "It makes a difference to that one."

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