Wilfred Sellars' “Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind”
One of the most important (Western) philosophy books in the 20th century. He talks about the "Myth of the Given," arguing basically that there is no such thing as a pure, non-relational, unmediated experience of any kind.
On the contrary!
Pure, unmediated, non-relational experience is how it is always. Even when we live through another with books, movies, music, art, it's consistently right up front!
Indeed... un-mediated is what any experience is, and thus a... direct immediate relating.
It is the ensuing thinking regurgitation process, often an undue over-mentalization that attempts (it can't really) to protract the immediacy and it will try to worm itself in between an experience's subject/object oneness to make THAT WHAT IS
- seem that it isn't what it is, or
- makes what is, seem that it actually wasn't, or
- if it was, that it should not have been, or
- should have been different
The mind originally did not 'come about' to do that, but the way we currently live and socially and morally condition each other seems to give this interfering-with-reality-mind a head start…
Of course the mental interference into immediate directness is also directly experienced but this mental interference has a stunting and jeopardizing influence on the possibilities of any non-mental experiences ‘a f t e r’.
Eventually such a mal-functioning mind attempts to hijack the experiencer away from physical experiences... hence the pathological consequences of a mind gone haywire in one subjected to such a controlling mind.