Spinoza: ‘The greater number of other images with which an image is associated, the more often springs to life. Proof: The greater number of other images with which an image is associated, the more causes there are by which it can be aroused.’
How do the things look like in the opposite case?
A few numbers of images would cause the image remain dead.
But its dead subsistence seems to be the only possibility of keeping it inalterable.
Other images and finally its causes determine us to forget it. It will function only as a cathartic manner of setting us free to approach rational causes placed on a superior level.
From a moral point of view, it seems that the past images of one of our own actions with ethical consequences could not teach us how to manage some similar present moral issues. If it is associated with other images, they should be chosen from others’ experiences, since the personal experience is limited. If there is reported to its causes, we may expect that the influence of the past image would not be more intense than that exercised by the highest moral principle, always known and still ineffective.
Therefore, the past images do not seem to instruct as regarding a change of our behavior, but could only to suspend the activity, prolonging upon us their deadly nature. Such effect is what we call ‘regret’.