An appleseed is no more the cause of an apple than past experience is of today's opinions and beliefs.
It took me ages to figure out how to express the connection between past and present and how the present reaches back to the past without being controlled by it.
The things we do and the things that happen to us live on so much longer in our memory than the time they took to happen. The meaning (or trauma or gratitude) emanating from an event grows over time, even if the bare recitation of facts is mostly unchanged.
At its best a human life is continually retconning.