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  1. jonathanfigaro says

    I alway thought star fishes were amazing because they didn’t were able to regenerate themselves, much like when human beings get bruised. I think we all owe it to mother earth to give back exactly what we took from her, before we perish in the mist of our stupidity.

  2. Thanks for your awareness and recognition of our Mother Earth Jonathan. As a collective human species we can continue to give back.

  3. Thanks Jai for your excellent guest post and for sharing your worldly wisdom.

    Let’ s make it happen that more and more learn about the many simple ways they can make our stay on this earth more sustainable.

  4. Alex Blackwell says

    I love the starfish story. In many ways, I’m a starfish thrower, too. Your suggestion list for showing compassion and making a difference is spot on.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Alex

  5. I believe in doing whatever we can to help the environment, but it’s hard given than humans are very short-term minded. We seek short term pleasures and sometimes forget about the long term implications, and global warming is just 1 of the many manifestations of this type of thinking.

  6. Great post Jai!
    We can all be doing so much more to help our planet. Every little thing counts – even throwing a starfish back in the water!

  7. fiona mccudden says

    This is a truly lovely post. Although meant for our environment, I can’t help drawing an analogy with our fellow human beings and the starfish. I recently talked with my 20-year-old son, how individual actions can have far reaching effects, much like a ripple effect in a pond caused by a small stone. People here mostly say thank you to the bus driver as they disembark at the end of their journey. This was not always the case. As I explained to my son one-day one individual decided to show appreciation to the driver and perhaps the person behind them followed. That one action had the powerful effect of making it a well established habit/practice. Also in terms of helping others, sometimes people have all the attributes they need to have a full and happy life, but occasionally they get “stuck”. Giving them a little support, kindness ,whatever is needed may be a way of throwing them back into the sea of life. A particular gesture, at a particular time, can really make a difference!

  8. Hi Jai,
    The title intrigues me..because as I walk down the dock to the boat we live on we scan the water line for starfish..I love them..
    Like Alex, I am a starfish thrower..and it warms my heart to be in the midst of many starfish throwers..
    Mother Nature folds me right in always..unconditionally..it is my gratitude, my Love for her and all she shares that allows me to care as passionately as i do about her..I do my best to mindfully tend my garden and my area..share the blossoms with all..and if we all do so..what a ‘wonderful world” it will be:) Much to celebrate in what you shared–thank you!

  9. Hi Jai,

    What an incredibly wonderful story of someone who understands and appreciates the sanctity of all life. That story made my day. I too believe that understanding our interconnected can help us see how harming only harms you, whereas helping helps you. This could transform our planet. Thank you for the clear and simple tips and all you do to spread the word.

  10. This is beautiful – but I would expand on the lesson (and probably make myself terribly unpopular).

    Humans are often drawn to help when they feel compassion for nature’s victims. As a vegan and animal lover, it is hard for me to watch movies where the lions catch their lunch of antelope or whatever and tear it to bits. Yet the lion must kill and eat or die.

    When you throw a starfish back into the water, you’ve also removed a meal from a seagull or other coastal occupant that depends on the ocean’s bounty to survive. Are their lives more or less valuable than the starfish, and what gives a random beachwalker the right to decide?

    Humans are actually very bad at making these value judgements, because we only have our human perspective to judge with. This human perspective leads most to be more sympathetic to cat and dog companion animals than farmed cows, pigs, or chickens. It also leads many to believe that humans are more important and valuable than animals. Basically, it’s enormously flawed. Our interference certainly can have great impacts, and we need to think and not just react. Circle of life, nature red in tooth and claw, etc, etc.

    That said, we should ALWAYS do what we can to reverse the human crimes against nature – there are plenty to choose from.

    • Jess, thanks for sharing your take on things. And you are not going to be unpopular at all!

      As a fellow vegetarian, I can relate to where you are coming from – and I do believe that if more people could really see how the meat they eat is prepared, they would turn vegetarian too!

      In the world of nature where there is such a fine balance, of course by “saving” one starfish we may have deprived some other creature higher up in the chain from its food. But at the same time, when there are so many starfish suffering and dying, I would much prefer to help a few of them if I can. As happens in nature, their predators will have to feast less or go elsewhere for that day.

      Perhaps the answer is for more people to undo the damage we are causing to the environment – or actually do more to help other people directly.

      Helping others just for the sheer desire to help them – now there’s a novel idea!

      Substute people for starfish in the above story – and make a difference to every person that you can help.

      Thanks Jess for sharing your side of things. Now did I tell you anything about you not being unpopular?!

  11. Hi Arvind – thanks for the vote of confidence!

    LIke I said, it’s hard for us not to take sides (like with the starfish instead of the predator) but that’s my point. The message of the article is that small actions make a difference, so to say “there are so many starfish” that it won’t matter much to the predators if one isn’t there is contradicting the message. One starfish might mean life or death to a baby seagull today. You might pick a starfish that was already almost dead. We _don’t_ know.

    It’s a totally different story with people helping people, or people helping animals against what people have done.

    And I think we need to look beyond the desire to help to the actual impact of our help – is the difference you are making appropriate? Is the help we are giving only making ourselves feel better and not actually helping in the big picture?

    • Arvind Devalia says

      Jess, I agree with you about questioning if we are really making a difference and why in hte first place.

      Is it to make us feel better or are we genuinely interested in helping?

      • Hi Arvind,

        I think even considering these issues is more than half the battle!

        Also, I’m pleased and honoured that you’ve joined my blog followers – I’ve had you on my blogroll and love your posts….

        Cheers,
        Jess

  12. Jess, the honour is all mine:)

    Keep up the inspirational work you do.

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