JDM has received repeated requests for Junior's quips, sayings, analects, even hilarious one-liners, to be compiled into a book or webpage. It is often commented how these concise remarks replay in the mind for years to come, giving simple humor or piercing perspective or new growth. In response, Junior will be publishing a regular quote here. (All content here and sitewide is the intellectual and copyright property of JDM. All rights reserved.)
We each live in a world of our own making, an umwelt, a perpetual sequence of perception-conception-action, which happens at largely subconscious levels (for most people). Your umwelt begins with perception, how you interpret the variables and persons in your environment. From perception you move into a conception of how you should respond, which is largely a kneejerk repetition of past patterns (for most people). From conception you enter into action, or lack of action, to actualize your perception and conception. Want to change your world, change your umwelt: incorrect perceptions of the true nature of what and who is around you, incorrect conceptions of what you should do (which is what you have always done), incorrect actions that flow from incorrect perceptions and conceptions.
Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.
Ephesians 4:18 (NKJV)
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their reasonings, and their senseless hearts were darkened.