Is regret or sorrow possible without memory and idea?
Can there be regret or sorrow if memory and idea of something are not sustained?
It is fairly easy, as one investigates this problem, to identify the underlying unity of these apparently different phenomena: memory, idea, ideology, image, emotion, fear, hate and visceral and muscular activity.
We are learning that it is a unitary META Process:
- mnemonic (memory),
- eidetic (ideas),
- thymic (emotions),
- autonomic (relating to the events of the autonomous nervous system)'
To simplify, we can call the META Process thought.
Thought has a tendency to function on it's own in 'closed circles', like a dog chasing its tail.
There can be functional thought, necessary for a short time during the day (for example planning to build a bridge) and non-functional thought (memory which continues without environmental stimuli, false memory with new stimuli - deja vu, desire, fear).
However, functional or non-functional, thought inexorably interferes with the direct contact with reality - Unitary Perception.
Unitary Perception - Non-imaginary reality.
Thought (META Process) - Imaginary reality.