VAT: Sand and Stars

There are 10 times as many stars in the night sky than all the grains of sand on Earths’s deserts and beaches. A few hundred stars have been given proper names and thousands have a formal identity but not one grain of sand has been personalized.

A grain of sand is rarer than a star, yet surprisingly less noticeable or valuable. Perhaps because we look up to the stars and look down on the sand; or maybe there’s not much at night beyond stars at which to gaze, while during the day there is much engaging our attention; or perhaps we are attracted to the shiny, not to the dull; or the mysteries of faraway stars stir our imagination which allows something to be anything, but grains of sand are grains of sand.