I'm not talking about that weird fluffy cloud of white candy that people in my neck of the woods make at Christmas time. I'm talking about the Divine.
I'm talking about you, me, your boss (yes, that passive-aggressive freakshow), and even the bad driver who keeps cutting you off in traffic.
Human beings in all our frailty, are not just touched by divinity, we are the Divine.
Often, in our society, we delineate some humans as divine, and others not so much. We consider a person "holy" who helps the poor and a person "unholy" who shows selfishness. There are a thousand other instances where we define people as divine, and others as not.
This is our great mistake.
It's foolish to imagine that one person is ever superior to another. The meth-addict, the prostitute, the hateful, the wise, the kind, the compassionate--even the angels among us--are all the Divine creating, learning, being and experiencing. There is no one but the Divine.
Every atom of existence is sacred, as is every person. We'd like to pick and choose--trust me, I could name five people right now who I think are not so divine.
However, they are.
In the words of Wordsworth, "But trailing clouds of glory, do we come." This temporal and temporary ('cause everythings-a-changing-alllll-the-time) is fractured divinity. Individually we work out our self discovery and personal evolution. Through this self discovery we discern our divine nature and become our whole selves.
And what of those who don't?
What people choose to do with their time is their own business--even when it directly affects me and my life. Of course, it's not my place to judge what kind of suffering they inflict, (and it is absolutely my place to remove myself from any intended or perceived harm) but it behooves me to attempt to understand what causes their behavior--even if I want to punch them in the face.
So, I truly believe that it's still possible to recognize and honor their divinity because without exception, each person, whatever their existence, is a manifestation of the Divine.
I simply haven't expanded my understanding enough to perceive every one's divinity...yet.
Recognizing the Divine in all people brings me joy. What brings you joy?