How many windows are there in your home? If you've never counted them -- and most people don't -- how can you tell me the answer with reasonable assurity, stipulating that you can't just go look? You create a mental image in your mind that is a map of your home, right? This shadowy mirror of reality exists in your mind long enough for you to count how many shadow-windows there are by systematically going through every room. Then, you translate the number of shadow-windows into the number of real life windows, thus giving me the answer. Afterwards, without a minimum of concentration, your shadow-home fades from the forefront of your mind, but you know it's still there. In fact, you count on it.
We remember in images, sensations. Smells, a casual touch, a bit of a tune -- all can evoke powerful memories within us because they are associated with the remembered event. Everything within our minds is connected. Thus, a thought, or even a conversation, can wander from the latest action flick to the nature of faith to a pair of new shoes. And that makes sense.
Everything in our mind, our shadow image of reality, is connected. But the whole picture is lost to us; after all, sometimes we forget. Since this is so, might it not work the other way around, too? Maybe everything in the world is connected but sometimes we just can't span the synapse so understanding is lost. We don't get the complete picture.
I think we need to work on our memories, our images of everything. Now, everybody get out a few decks of cards...