In like manner it is more in accord with Nature
to emulate the great Hercules and undergo the
greatest toil and trouble for the sake of aiding or
saving the world, if possible, than to live in seclusion,
not only free from all care, but revelling in pleasures
and abounding in wealth, while excelling others
also in beauty and strength. Thus Hercules denied
himself and underwent toil and tribulation for the
world, and, out of gratitude for his services, popular
belief has given him a place in the council of the
The better and more noble, therefore, the character with which a man is endowed, the more does he
prefer the life of service to the life of pleasure.
Whence it follows that man, if he is obedient to
Nature, cannot do harm to his fellow-man.