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.)
People try to feel better about deep inner hollows and conflicts through narratives, storylines, myths, conspiracies, and elaborate gossip about the people and structures around them. They imagine evidence that is not there, or, they reinterpret and exaggerate fragments of facts into creative alternate realities. As silly or as sinister as they might sound, these bizarre storylines serve psychological purposes: they bring the person temporary catharsis from unmet deep needs and internal conflicts of interest. The soul does not easily resolve its deficits and dissonances; it tries to do so by recreating reality (myths) instead of recreating itself (transformation). In Scripture, James called this a "two-souled" person (James 1:8, 4:8). While some English translations render these verses "double-minded", the underlying Greek is far more specific. The word James uses is dipsychos; the prefix di means "two or divided into two" and the word psychos means "soul, psyche, psychology". Dipsychos, then, literally means "two-souled" or "divided soul" (see Young's Literal Translation). Beloved, are you creating feel-better myths about the people and structures around you, or are you focusing on your own internal transformation into wholeness? About the two-souled person, James also wrote, "That person will not receive anything from the Lord...he/she is unstable in all his ways" (1:7,8).
For let not that man suppose that he shall receive anything from the Lord -- a two-souled man [is] unstable in all his ways.
James 1:7,8 (Young's Literal Translation)
Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you; cleanse hands, ye sinners! And purify hearts, ye two-souled!
James 4:8 (Young's Literal Translation)
Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.