p. 55 According to Socrates the soul is "immortal and imperishable, and after death should continue to exist in another world." Every soul seeks happiness, Socrates believes, and there is a clearly defined path to achieving happiness, though many don't choose to take it. The only people who are truly happy are those who are virtuous and wise, who live reflective, "examined" lives and strive to behave rightly and justly in every area of their lives. Socrates believed that your soul is the source of your deepest and highest aspirations, the unique life force that shapes and defines itself through choices made on a daily basis. It is your core identity, your unique spirit that makes you distinctively you. Socrates believed that the soul needed to be cared for through careful examination of the self.