“Nothing in the cry of cicadas suggests they are about to die.”
Impermanence is a central concept in Zen Buddhism. The fact that nothing is permanent may seem daunting or depressing to some, as does this quote. The truth is that once we realize this truth and accept it, we can then move on to appreciating every precious moment we have with everything. It allows us to see the beauty in everything.
Some people are annoyed by cicadas, they want to just kill them. These creatures only surface every few years, then live above the surface for only a short time. They, like most animals, live in the moment, crying or singing so vivaciously that clearly the last thing to cross their minds would be dying.
We can all learn something from that. Knowing that we will all die, we should not focus on that. We should accept death as inevitable, and focus on living, here and now.