In Greek mythology, the prophet Tiresias was blinded by the gods as punishment for revealing their secrets. He begged the goddess Athena to restore his sight, but she could not. Instead, she gave him the gift of foresight, and Tiresias spent the remainder of his days spouting prophesy.
Tiresias had seen too much and had paid the price for it. Such, too, may be the case of a battered US/C-3 infrared signaling telescope that came into this writer's care for restoration.