“The mind is a little reflection or mirror of God.”

Early man was a whole new phenomenon, not entirely expected.

“How can that be, Lord?  Weren’t human beings part of Your plan from the beginning?”

Remember that I am following a plan, not inventing it.  I don’t know the whole plan Myself.

“So the emergence of human beings was a surprise?”

Yes.  Even though I saw the unfolding of life and understood its trajectory, there is a discontinuity between animal life and human life that’s surprising.  People are not just smarter animals.  It is not just that they have souls—animals have a kind of soul too—it is that they are creative, free, self-reflective, open-ended, have a yearning to go beyond themselves.  They are in fact like little gods, though I do not like the usual use of this notion.  But people are much more of the same substance and kind as God.  That is why I can communicate with them so effectively.  The mind is a little reflection or mirror of God.

“Beauty also becomes possible . . .”

Beauty also becomes possible, as you see in prehistoric cave paintings.  Creatures from a very low level enjoy and appreciate sensory stimulation.  In that sense they find a scene (though not quite a “scene” for them yet) “beautiful.”  But true appreciation of beauty is seeing an ideal form in something material.  What they are drawing on cave walls are ideal bulls.

“I have seen those drawings.  They are amazing.”

Study the cave paintings and other artifacts.  They respond to, reflect, how I was presenting Myself to them.  You will be able to see or infer what My experience was like, what I was trying to do.