Why take care of our brothers and sisters?

A young man is walking on a sea shore.

Ahead of him he sees a very old man picking up something in the sand and throwing it into the ocean.

“What are you doing?’ he asks.

The old man replies, “I am throwing this starfish into the sea so that it can live.

If I don’t do this, it will die on the sand.”

The young man laughs. “There are hundreds of beaches and millions of starfish in the world! Do you think that by throwing a couple of them into the sea it will make a difference?

The old man listens, then in silence picks up another starfish and throws it into the sea.

“It makes a difference to THAT STARFISH” and then he keeps on doing his work.


  1. Faith Miner says:

    Helping one person at a time is MORE than trying to help a whole army at once…In other terms, when helping one person to over come anything in life, love, drugs, relationships whatever, it helps us too. It makes us as a person who we are. Compassion is hard to do, but its well worth it in the end!

  2. Andy Maycen says:

    I think there is also a ripple effect that occurs when one helps others….even the simple act of asking the cashier at grocery store how their day is going can make a difference. Who knows, you might be the only person who showed an interest in them, and maybe they will pass that on to others and so on.

  3. Michelle Richter says:

    People will always have times in their lives when they need help. It doesn’t matter who you are, what profession your in, how much money you make, what culture your from. No one is excluded from the humbling experience of being in need at some point in their lives. Most people could not walk past a crying infant without wondering ” oh, poor baby, what’s wrong, does it need help?”. Sadly though, adults do not usually get that same type of compassion. Especially in cities. If a women in a city is being assaulted, she’s taught to yell “fire” rather than “help”. I’m thankful to live on the Big Island, because the concept of taking care of our brothers and sisters is still somewhat alive. We take care of eachother because it makes and keeps the “system” strong. I hope that we can continue to encourage eachother to hold onto that belief and remember the importance of teaching that to our keiki.

  4. Stacy Dela Cruz says:

    I belive in becoming a Substance Abuse Counselor,we will not be able.To help everyone but, for those who will seek the help.They will ,like the star fish land on our door steps to be helped.And be able to go back into Society to function as an idividiualwho has a purpose.To continue on the right path of a fulfilling and righteous path in life.

  5. kim krell says:

    I believe that we are our brothers and sisters keeper because, if you see someone harming them selves or see someone doing something that we know is wrong and you choose to do nothing about it then you make the choice to become part of the problem instead of being part of the solution.

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