Warning: May contain traces of soppiness
A rather lovely notion happened upon me at meditation this evening. We are all, as humans, essentially pure and clear just as the moon is. When we behave in harmful or offensive ways, or act badly, it is a result of the passing clouds. These clouds can confuse us and our judgement can go awry. Things happen that disarm us and distort our pure natures, but they will pass as clouds pass over the moon, with it emerging with brilliant clarity once more.
This struck me as A Good Thing.
Mind you, the same school of thought also talks of rubbing only parts of the elephant. So there you go.