"Just as no sign is placed in the world not to be seen, there is nothing intrinsically evil."

the Manual of Epictetus

According to Epictetus, nothing is ours to have forever, to keep. Not a pet, not a work of art, not a child, not a wife or a husband. Epictetus admonishes us to realize this.

Whenever we are separated from what we value, treasure, love, we should say, "I gave it back."

For it was never ours to begin with.