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A paper on perfect forms would never be complete without a discussion concerning the Soul since the Soul is the only thing that can comprehend such Perfect forms So here I will attempt to link between both as has been attempted by Socrates Socrates believes that by dying and facing death without fear he is going to a better place and shouldnt be miserable since he will proceed to other wise and good gods and he expects to join the company of good men Since he lived a very humble life and had great hopes for a better afterlifeAlso he argues a great deal with his friends in the Phaedo dialogue concerning the afterlife which results in them discussing the Soul and its immortality and how all this links to perfect Forms Socrates when discussing the Soul gives a very similar theory to that believed by the Hindus namely Reincarnation He believes that the Soul travels from one body to the next until it reaches the level of purity which would ultimately lead it to the heavens nirvana or until reaching a level of wickedness that would lead it an eternal punishement in the bowels of the Earth in the plains of Tartarus It is interesting to note that this theory is unique in that it mingles between an afterlife and reincarnation Yet Socrates does not explain where he received the knowledge concerning the final dwelling of the Soul and cannot prove any of it since he hasnt died and come back to tell the tale Interestingly it sounds a lot like something Homer would sing about So even a great mind like that of Socrates could not totally escape from the religious beliefs of his people and their Mythology which I believe were utterly hilarious with their gods in constant war and deception between themselves He also goes on to prove that the Soul is deathless and indestructible in an extensive explaination which basically
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