Everything has a consciousness of God running through it --- a lake, a tree, a rock, a bird, the sun, a group of individuals, a nation. God's joy is that each expression is unique. He comes to know Himself in an infinite number of ways. Don't be limited by the belief that He expresses only through something "alive" or the belief that His expression through humans is the best. Each expression reflects perfection, for perfection is not the form, but it is just the holiness of the act of expression.