When either of our 6 senses, their respective sense objects and consciousness come in contact, feeling is produced. Either this feeling is that of pleasure, displeasure or neutral.
Based on the pleasurable / unpleasurable feeling produced, our tendency is to immediately get either attached / repulsed by it respectively.
Based on this attachment / revulsion towards the feeling we often form a view about the sense experience - 'I like it' or 'I dislike it'. The extent to which we do this, is mostly not noticeable unless we develop our mindfulness to a certain extent and notice our subtle swings in mood with each sensory input. We do this very subtly and almost habitually.
We have probably developed this mechanism in order to gain pleasure and avoid displeasure - after all only by tagging it all and remembering it, can we know what to peruse and what to avoid in future.
And often it does seem to lead to pleasure when we get what we want or are able to avoid what we wish to avoid.
If we look closely, we find that the more tags we have, the more it creates long-term unsatisfactoriness, anxiety, fear, grief, greed, hate, etc. All these harmful states of mind arise so as to:
- get what we 'LIKE' and avoid what we 'DISLIKE';
- maintain what we 'LIKE' and continue avoiding what we 'DISLIKE';
- not lose what we 'LIKE' and not gain what we 'DISLIKE';
Sometimes, we notice that the amount of anxiety, fear, grief or unsatisfactoriness is not worth the momentarily pleasure we get once in a while.
Furthermore, we create wrong views. The information stored in our memory about ‘LIKE’ or ‘DISLIKE’ is obsolete. We often can’t recall clearly why we took some decision, or arrived at some conclusion, or the reason of our liking/disliking something, yet we feel safer to rely on our past memories and tags that we had set for our future reference. But we must investigate how unreliable this potentially could be. For certain things it might not matter that much, however, some other things that we are habitually doing and is causing misery for us or others, needs such investigation.