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THE WISE MAN
NARRATOR: Once upon a time a wise man decided to make a trip on a ship. One day he was watching the sunset when an arrogant young boy approached him.
YOUNG BOY: Nice sight.
WISE MAN: Indeed it is.
YOUNG BOY: Have you traveled a lot?.
WISE MAN: Yes, I have.
YOUNG BOY: Have you been to Damascus?.
WISE MAN: Oh, yes I have. What a wonderful city it is!. And the stars…Oh, those beautiful shining stars…you can almost touch them!.
YOUNG BOY: Everything is fine, but… did you study astronomy?.
WISE MAN: No.
YOUNG BOY: I can´t believe you haven’t studied astronomy!. You have lost half of your life. Have you been to Alexandria?.
WISE MAN: Oh yes, Alexandria is the most beautiful city I have ever seen, with its amazing architecture!. The harbor is magnificent… and the lighthouse which was identified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World!.
YOUNG BOY: I see that you have been to Alexandria, but did you study at Alexandria Library?.
WISE MAN: No.
YOUNG BOY: But… how is that possible?. You have lost half of your life!
NARRATOR: Then the wiseman saw that sea water was entering the ship through a hole.
WISE MAN: You have studied in many places, right?.
YOUNG BOY: Oh yes. I studied my masters degree in Paris. Then I traveled all around the world. I have visited and studied at every mayor library there is in Europe. I even gave a conference at Harvard University. I even speak four languages!.
WISE MAN: Did you learn how to swim in one of those great places?.
YOUNG BOY: Well, let me see… I took Geometry, Bussiness Administration, Psychology, Physics, mmmmm, what else…. Oh yes… Economics, Genetics, Robotics… but… no, I didn`t learn how to swim.
NARRATOR: Then the wise man pulled up his pants and his sleeves, and got ready to jump off board, and said.
WISE MAN: Well, you have lost your whole life.
Author: Arabic Story
Adapted by: K I D S I N C O
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