The Starfish Story is the story behind the “Stars” in the Stars and Jars name, and was one of the first stories posted here. I am including it in the main menu as a reference, as we will return to it in one way or another in future chapters.
This is the second story that embodies the Stars and Jars ethos, and which future work will build upon. There are several messages here which we’ll carry on into later chapters. First, seeking to make the world a better place is a worthwhile pursuit. Second, if we do our own part to do something about the problems we see, no matter how small or insignificant our actions may seem, we can make meaningful changes as individuals. Third, we will never regret having done something.
I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do. ~Helen Keller
A big part of the work related to this story will explore the potential each one of has to make measurable and important changes in addressing some of our most pressing societal problems. As for the other parts of the work related to this story, we will need more context to make sense of them; this will come shortly in the chapters that follow.
As with the Jar of Life story, much of our work will involve exploring what others have had to say about these ideas, and uncovering the evidence supporting the many perspectives–from recent science to timeless insights. In learning how others have explored the big questions, we too, will ask questions of ourselves.