The human race found solace from all the turmoil in the world by referring to other living things as "dumb animals." Now we are finding out that a lot of animals are not as dumb as we thought and that even plants can be pretty smart, especially in the survival aspect. The plants popping up and blooming on a bed of lava at Kiluea -- pretty smart. We have to form a communion with all living things and that includes a sense of wonder in all the natural forms including inorganic, and the energy present not just here on Earth but in the entire Universe.
I always go back to what Mencken stated about religion (it's been my signature line in the past):
The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him a ride.
It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods. If such a board actually exists it operates precisely like the board of a corporation that is losing money.
The truth is that Christian theology, like every other theology, is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is also opposed to all other attempts at rational thinking. Not by accident does Genesis 3 make the father of knowledge a serpent -- slimy, sneaking and abominable. Since the earliest days the church, as an organization, has thrown itself violently against every effort to liberate the body and mind of man. It has been, at all times and everywhere, the habitual and incorrigible defender of bad governments, bad laws, bad social theories, bad institutions. It was, for centuries, an apologist for slavery, as it was the apologist for the divine right of kings.
-- H L Mencken, Treatise on the Gods
(Slavery, BTW, is quite okay with Yahweh in the Old Testament).