So I'm reading this book called "Velvet Elvis", by Rob Bell, which is a great read if anyone is interested in a really fresh and in depth perspective on Christianity. But one part that really struck me, was when Rob talked about mankind being created in the image of God. Now this idea is taken from Genesis 1:27 "God created man in His own image". And the reason I found this so interesting, was that it's really an amazing way to think about people.
Lets take a step away from religion for a sec, and talk solely about belief in "God". Now if we believe there's a higher power of some sort---something or someone that created the world and all we have in it, then I think we have to recognize that there's a serious amount of ingenuity and beauty to be attributed to that being. I mean, in light of plants, music, coffee (hahaha), the human body, sunsets--these are things that are quite amazing and beautiful. So to think that people are created in the image of this "higher being", I think adds a lot of value and uniqueness to our view of humanity--that each of us have some of that beauty and ingenuity within us.
For myself, I definitely enjoy this point of view, because I find myself going into society with the mindset that everyone was created with an inherent value, and should be treated as such. It's not always the easiest thing to keep in mind, especially when people are annoying or rude, etc. But trying to live this way has definitely brought a lot of love into my life, and a keener appreciation for the people I meet.