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Death Unto Life Is the mind capable of producing a pure thought I think not We live in a world influenced by power prejudice and greed among other things It is a world where people inheritably accept the values and morals of their society As a product of our environment we cannot help to be overcome by the fears wants and desires that flow through our world so readily It is these very things which make us incapable of pure thought Our thoughts are and always will remain impure as long as our body produces these opinions the very poison that contaminates our thoughts In Phaedo a fictionalized account of Socratese Plato speaks of the separation of the soul and body He speaks of pure knowledge and reasoning without the use of the senses a facet we find so necessary in almost any earthly task Then he will do this most perfectly who approaches the object with thought alone without associating any sight with his thought or dragging in any sense perception with his reasoning but who using pure thought alone tries to track down each reality pure and by itself freeing himself as far as possible from eyes and ears and in a word from the whole body because the body confuses the soul when it is associated with it Will not that man reach such a reality Phaedo 66e The world as we know it will never theoretically be the world as we know it that is until our body and soul are separated What our body perceives and what our soul perceives are two separate entities One goes through life with the precognition that they understand their surroundings That when we view a beautiful painting we fully understand the essence of beauty and the aspects which attribute to that
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