“We do our best to disprove the fact, but a fact it remains: man is as divine as nature, as infinite as the void.” Aldous Huxley

Ralph Waldo Emerson explains in the Essay IX: The OverSoul that this condition has tugged at the hearts and minds of men throughout history;

 “The philosophy of six thousand years has not searched the chambers and magazines of the soul.…In its experiments there has always remained, in the last analysis, a residuum it could not resolve. Man is a stream whose source is hidden. Our being is descending into us from we know not whence…I am constrained every moment to acknowledge a higher origin for events than the will I call mine …”

 Goeth described this “divided life” in his two-part drama Faust:

 “Alas, two souls are living in my breast, and one wants to separate itself from the other. One holds fast to the world with earthly passion and clings with the twining tendrils: The other lifts itself with forceful craving to the roof of heaven.”

Greek philosopher Epitetus understood the soul of man is connected to the divine essence of God;

 “You are a primary existence. You are a distinct portion of the essence of God, and contain a certain part of him in yourself. Why then are you ignorant of your noble birth? You carry a God about within you, poor wretch, and know nothing of it.”

 South Indian guru Sathya Saibaba believed that we carry the seed of the divine within;

 “When asked where God is, people point towards the sky or some far and distant region: no wonder then that He does not manifest Himself! Realize that He is in you, with you, behind you, and all around you; and He can be seen and felt everywhere.”

 Poet Douglas Wood describes the often unappreciated beauty we all posses and shows why our uniqueness should be valued over conformity;

 “Jack Pines…are not lumber trees (and they) won’t win many beauty contests either. But to me this valiant old tree, solitary on its own rocky point, is as beautiful as a living thing can be…In the calligraphy of its shape against the sky is written strength of character and perserverance, survival of the wind, drought, cold, heat, disease…In its silence it speaks of …wholeness … an integrity that comes being what you are.”