Because of the initial sin of Adam and Eve (and the ensuing sin nature of all mankind) our perception of reality is tainted heavily because of our inherent lens of self. Without the sovereign help of the Creator, our metanarrative-derived identity markers (how we see ourselves in terms of gender, physique, ethnicity, religion, age, status, occupation, etc.) are off-kilter. And this smoggy self perception regarding our identity and individuality is one of the primary variables in life that colors everything we see and hear. Everything.