mortality and the soul

Thus in this way each man is running from himself, yet still
Because he clings to that same self, although against his will,
And clearly can’t escape from it, he loathes it; for he’s ill
But doesn’t grasp the cause of his disease. Could he but see
This clear enough, a man would drop everything else, and study
First to understand the Nature of Things, for his own sake:
It’s his condition for all time – not for one hour – at stake,
The state in which all mortals should expect themselves to be
After death, for the remainder of eternity.

Lucretius