Thank you for your insights, Menas. I love the analogy of the body as a shell while the soul continues, especially as we are currently in the midst of an early appearance of a 4-year-early cycle of the 17-year cicadas in my part of the US, who shed their shells, have a brief, 6-week lifespan, mate, and whose offspring rise from the dead. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/05/17/the-giant-bugs-on-the-sidewalks-are-cicadas-that-rose-from-the-dead-4-years-too-early/?utm_term=.74fffd932985.
I just found one of their shells clinging underneath the leaf of a peony bush in my garden as I cut the flowers to bring inside. It made me wonder about the universe a cicada “knows”. Of course, as far as we understand, cicadas don’t have agency–they live a short pre-programmed life, never to know their offspring or see this world again.
Are cicadas souls? Wouldn’t it be fascinating to know a cicada universe? 😉