Refrain From Idleness
"In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you,
brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and
does not live according to the teaching you received from
us." - 2 Thessalonians 3:6
Assembled without mortar sometime during the first century after Christ, the aqueduct carried river water to the town without interruption until 1972, when engineers rechanneled the supply entirely though underground conduits. Unamuno, the Spanish philosopher, wrote about the aqueduct: "For eighteen hundred years, it carried cool water from the mountains to the hot and thirsty city. Nearly sixty generations of men drank from its flow.
Then came another generation, a recent one, who said:
'This aqueduct is so great a marvel that it ought to be
preserved for our children, as a museum piece. We shall
relieve it of its centuries-long labor.' They did; they laid
modern iron pipes. They gave the ancient stones a reverent
rest. And the aqueduct began to fall apart. Air pollution
began to corrode away at the newly exposed granite stones.
What ages of service could not destroy idleness
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