A king once thought to himself that if he knew the time was right, he would do everything right; if he always knew which people to associate with and which he should not; and if he always knew which of his works was most important.
He summoned all the learned men of his country, but they gave him answers that were not satisfactory to him.
He then decided to ask the hermit, famous for his great wisdom. The hermit was digging through the beds in front of his hut and seemed exhausted. The king took a shovel and dug the earth hour by hour, while the hermit was silent the whole time.