The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.
It is with our entire past ... that we desire, will and act ... from this survival of the past it follows that consciousness cannot go through the same state twice. The circumstances may still be the same, but they will act no longer on the same person ... that is why our duration is irreversible.
In reality, the past is preserved by itself automatically.
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