Another thing we must realize is how we recall events in the order that they happened. For example how do we know that instance
x is later than instance y? Think of a clock. We first perceive the hour hand in one position, say pointing to 3 o'clock,
and later we perceive it in a different position, pointing to half-past 3. So I have two perceptions, one later than the other.
I may also be aware of the temporal relationship of the two positions of the hand. Nevertheless, I do not perceive that relationship,
in that I do not see the hand moving. In contrast, I do see the second hand move from one position to another: I see the successive
positions as successive.
It is my thought is that I perceive x precede y by virtue of the fact that my perception of x causally affects my perception
of y. In other words, everything I have done in my life effects all succeeding events. That means if I were to go to a grocery
store and purchase a box of cereal that action would be affecting my life for the rest of my life. Every action I take will
be affected by that one instance so therefor by making the sub-psycological connection between the two actions, buying the
cereal and whatever the other action may be, I will have the perception of x coming before y.