Survival After Death
SOCRATES: When the dead arrive at the place to which the genius
[guardian spirit] of each severally guides them, first of all, they
submit themselves to judgment, as they have lived well and
piously or not.… Those who have been pre-eminent for holi-
ness of life are released from this earthly prison, and go to their
pure home which is above, and dwell on the true earth; and of
these, such as have duly purified themselves with philosophy
live henceforth altogether without the body, in mansions fairer
still, which are not easily to be described.
Mind … seems to be a widely different kind of soul [from animal
souls], differing as what is eternal from what is perishable; it alone
is capable of existence in isolation from all other psychic powers.
… When mind is set free from its present conditions it appears as
just what it is and nothing more: this alone is immortal and eter-
nal (we do not, however, remember its former activity because,
while mind in this sense is impassible, mind as passive [including
memory] is destructible), and without it nothing thinks.
—ARISTOTLE, De anima II:2, III:5
We feel and know that we are eternal.