The Astronomer

 

In the shadow of the temple my friend and I saw a blind man sitting alone. And my friend said, "Behold the wisest man of our land." 

Then I left my friend and approached the blind man and greeted him. And we conversed. 
After a while I said, "Forgive my question, but since when hast thou been blind?" 

"From my birth," he answered. 

Said I, "And what path of wisdom followest thou?" 

Said he, "I am an astronomer." 

Then he placed his hand upon his breast, saying, "I watch all these suns and moons and stars."