Before street lights drowned out the sky, you could see tens of thousands, if not hundreds of Thousands of stars. You could see the milky way. Bands of light across the black.
Stars live and die. They may have planets that orbit or none. They nay be just birthing or about to die. Some collapse under their own wright and others burst in their last moments. Some we see may not even exist anymore. Their light still there but their source gone. Stars are people, allegory.
The modem age has drowned out the insignificant lights and left the best and brightest for us to view.