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Shakespeare described death as 'the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns'. There are those who would argue that people have returned from 'the undiscovered country'. Discuss the evidence put forward as proof that there is life after

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Shakespeare described death as 'the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns'. There are those who would argue that people have returned from 'the undiscovered country'. Discuss the evidence put forward as proof that there is life after death, and the form that life after death might take. There are many different views about what happens after we die. Some people would argue that death is simply the end and that this life is all there is. However others would argue that life continues after death. Those who argue for a life after death take many different views on the form of life, ranging from reincarnation to total body resurrection. Their approach to life after death is mainly hinged upon one key concept, whether they take a materialist approach and see the body and soul as one or take a dualist approach and see them as two different completely entities. Those who take a dualist approach may argue that the body is just trapping the soul until the time of death at which point it is released. If a materialist approach is taken the body and soul are viewed as one and they cannot survive with out the other. ...read more.

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People who have a problem with Shakespeare's description of death as 'the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns' may challenge it in a dualist approach. Some dualists who believe in concepts such as reincarnation would definitely argue against it. Reincarnation as a form of life after death is caused by the transmigration of souls from that of a dying body to a new one. The soul will then lead a different life in the new body with no knowledgeable memories of the past life on earth, the memories are either non-existent or are deeply buried in the subconscious. This approach would mean it is possible for the soul to return from the undiscovered country but not the body. This view of life after death is followed by Hindus and Buddhists who both believe that Karma influences their next life .The approaches of the two religions however differ as Hinduism's emphasis is on the development through the cycle of life, death and rebirth to be reunited with Brahman. Many different ways have been used to try and provide evidence for life after death, one such way is regression. ...read more.

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Another similarity is the feeling of having unrestricted movement and the absence of any physical pain in a heighten sense of reality. It can therefore be argued that this experience is a glimpse of what I yet to come thus proving the concept of life after death. Many people will however dismiss this as proof of a life after death as the similarities are very much the same as the type of experiences of life after death portrayed in films. They would therefore argue it is possible that people have imagined these types of things that happening to them in a space of time they cannot remember. The so called experience is therefore not actually and experience at all. Overall it would therefore seem that although there are many ways in which life after death is trying to be proven no of them actually can provide any real proof. Further more the criticism against them make them even less credible. It would therefore seem that death is 'the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns' as Shakespeare described it as although the concepts of regression and near death experiences make it seem possible that someone could return in some form there is no actual concrete proof. ...read more.

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