Cultural/Intellectual: Going into the performance, I knew very little about the actual storyline of the play. This play undoubtedly covers some extremely intense topics that, while present in our society, seem to go directly against many of our cultural standards. In society, religion has grown to take on many faces for different people, but largely, the idea of people who live deeply religious and moral lives tends to be something that is considered respectable and laudable. However, in The Divine, we see a darker side of religion. The worst parts of humanity pervade all people and institutions, even those that are considered to be "holy."
Emotional: The Divine forces us to look at the very worst of humanity. Too often in society, we are willing to overlook what is painful for us in order to be more comfortable. It is not until we are able to face both our darkness and the darkness within our society that we can truly deal with difficult truths. "Being human and being happy" is more than appearing "okay" on the surface. Like our world as a whole, individual lives are full of difficulty and pain, and we have to confront that pain or it will rot us away from the inside out. If we are to obtain katharsis and "come clean" as a society, we have to acknowledge our own darkness and the fact that darkness can be found in anyone or anything. Like in The Divine, we see that no group is inherently morally superior than any other, and justice should always be shown on evil, no matter where it is hiding.