So during these free hours it is common to see the greatest calmness among the citizens [of Christianopolis], many devoting themselves to some special service of God, or to some neighbor bearing a cross, or especially instructing each other mutually in Christian conversations. But alas how different among those who struggle in the world and whom Satan harasses, who weary the spirit and relax the flesh, who are occupied in the mud and rest in filth! They are never less with themselves than when alone. How therefore should they hear the Lord speaking among us! How should they attempt to do manly deeds of valor! How should they give birth to new offspring of genius or discover new inventions when between the tumults of others and themselves they grow deaf and stiff!
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They [in Christianopolis] have very few working hours, yet no less is accomplished… Where there is no slavery, there is nothing irksome in the human body which weighs down or weakens… There is the greatest need that we return to ourselves as often as possible and shake off the dust of the earth…