On my way home from the office this afternoon, I crossed paths with a tall man dressed in black. As we approached one another, I gave him that casual nod you give to strangers, along with a non-committal “Hello there.”
As I spoke, he greeted me with, and I’m pretty sure I heard this correctly:
“Hello, Great One.”
And we both continued along our opposite directions. I caught his greeting too late to do anything but grin.
I don’t really know what it means; a brief stroll around Google doesn’t indicate that it’s a stock catchphrase of any group in particular (along the lines of “peace be with you,” my favorite line from Catholic services). But I liked it. I love when people break the boundaries of conventional interactions, especially in a heartening way.
To me, that surprise phrase communicates the universal respect expressed by “Thou art God,” but without the theological baggage. Thanks, stranger.