You can live here in this world just as you intend to live when you have left it. But if this is not allowed you, then you should depart life itself - but not as if this were some misfortune. 'The fire smokes and I leave the house.' Why think this any big matter? But as long as no such thing drives me out, I remain a free man and no one will prevent me doing what I wish to do: and my wish is to follow the nature of a rational and social being.
This passage, essentially, says this to me, "I will do what I must, as long as I can. And what must I do? I must follow the nature of a rational and social being."
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