Although not directly seen as stateless, considering that immigrants were often unable to return to where they had left from, as well as not accepted in the place they were going to, they took on some of the qualities of a stateless person. Especially when thinking about some of the current attitudes on immigration, it is important to remember that most immigrants are just regular people looking to improve their lives, feeling they have something to offer to society. I applaud many immigrants who despite being treated unequally and not given all the rights given to others in society, many still thrive and succeed. Perhaps they followed the teachings of Epictetus, which state, "if you decide to do something, don't shrink from being seen doing it, even if the majority of people disapprove." Although immigration was widely hated by many in society, immigrants were able to live their lives and make the most of them. Moving forward, society needs to reflect more on the positive achievements made by immigrants instead of turning to fear them.