He that does good to another does good also to himself. – Seneca
Like the last quote from Cicero, this is another expression of self-care. It’s phrased differently. It almost seems like an attempt to bribe us to do good, the way we’d entice a child to help clean up the kitchen by reminding them that they’ll get to eat some of the cookies that we’re baking.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s easy to forget the inherent value in reaching out to others; to begin to see it as an obligation rather than a privilege. Sometimes we need to be reminded that our interdependence is expressed in many ways, both direct and indirect.
And I like cookies.