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You're listening to the Stoic Solutions Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life. I'm Justin Vacula and this is episode 59 – Responsibilities to Society and Other Beings – a bonus episode this week brought to you by a generous donation from a Patreon supporter amidst upcoming episodes with special guest interviews. Miss Anonymous asks, “What responsibilities, if any, do we have to other people and our society in general? What about altruism and self-sacrifice?” Thanks for your support Miss Anonymous. Summary: We can see ourselves as beings part of a greater whole concerned with having a positive impact on society being mindful of the consequences of our actions. We're to take action in society for both the benefit our ourselves and others rather than being withdrawn from the world or learning for learning's sake – we're to apply our knowledge and skills. There are many paths to befitting others – we can question certain paths and make prudent decisions. Recognize that others, especially children, will model our behavior, so be a good role model while in society. Consider not only humans, but also animal welfare and in doing so have better health and participate in less harm to animals and the environment. Be careful with whom you associate. Select good friends and benefit from your interactions with others. Transcript and more info: -- Visit my website at where you can connect with me on social media; find past episodes on many podcast platforms; and join my Discord chat server for interactive discussion. Support my work by becoming a donor through Patreon or Paypal to access special rewards including the ability to have upcoming guests answer your questions, custom podcast episodes, and personalized one-on-one discussions. Share, comment, like, subscribe, and leave reviews to help support my efforts. Email me with your thoughts – justinvacula at Support through Patreon and Paypal Donate: Find Justin Vacula online and listen to past content: Main website: SoundCloud: iTunes: YouTube: Stitcher: Google Play: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Engage at home or on-the-go with podcast listeners and people interested in Stoicism & Philosophy in my new interactive easy-to-use Discord chat channel: Podcast music, used with permission, is from Fairyland's album 'Score to a New Beginning.' View their Facebook page here: Audio edits are brought to you by John Bartmann: Resources: Stoic Philosophy Facebook group: Modern Stoicism Massimo Pigliucci blog 'How to be a Stoic' Show Notes The Guardian: Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth

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