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[…] For the Stoic sage altruism is its own reward, for the sage is acting in accordance with authentic human nature:
Are you not content
when you have done something in harmony with nature?
Does the eye demand a reward for seeing,
or the feet for walking?
Therefore the Emperor reminds himself (and us) to think:
Have I done something for the general interest?
Well then I have my reward.
Let this be always present to your mind,
and never grow weary.
Indeed ideal sages will help others spontaneously and unselfconsciously, since that is their natural function, which they fulfill as naturally as the foot does its function, as naturally as bees produce honey, and vines produce grapes.
A person who has done a good act
does not call out for others to come and see,
but goes on to another act,
as a vine goes on to produce again the grapes in season. […]
Source: “Wisdom of Hypatia”, Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD; page 117-118
[Quotes in italic: Marcus Aurelius, “Meditations”]