The Natural History museum didn't feel especially spiritual to me. However, the part of the visit that made me feel most "connected to the eternal," as Herschel might say, was seeing the many similarities between me and a butterfly. In organisms so different, the same basic needs still exist, such as food, water, and some protection. There's something very profound in that, and I believe it's necessary to realize our "non-uniqueness" as humans in order to better connect to the universe.
Wall, Jacob. "Large Attacus Atlas Moths in the FLMNH Rearing Lab." 2017. JPEG.
The ephemeral nature of these captive butterfly's lives was also very interesting to me. For most of their short lives, these insects are held in one small area that they aren't even fully adapted to live in. Yet, all their needs are taken care of in a way that probably makes their lives much easier than a normal butterfly's. And perhaps the most interesting part of this to me is that butterflies aren't even self-aware in a way that would allow them to comprehend their situation. So on one hand, it's not even worth my time to ponder if their "hyper-ephemeral" lives are robbed of something by being held in the rainforest. But on the other, their lives might share enough common characteristics with mine to be worthy allegory.