Blindness is not darkness — it burns our eyes with a dazzling glare of churning nothingness.
Losing our sense of smell doesn’t make smell go away. The world is pervaded with a maddening stench of burning rubber.
If we lose a limb, a phantom limb remains, and it aches and aches.
Same with souls: those who neglect their unique personhood and instead adopt an identity will have a glaring, stinking, aching, resentful nullity where a soul should be.