There is a show on television right now about a girl who woke up from a twenty-five year coma.
Essentially, she went from being a ten year old in a ten year old’s body to being a ten year old in a thirty-five year old’s body in what is to her a night’s sleep.
This is her reality. But that is not to say that is the reality.
In the twenty-five years of her coma the reality had changed without her experiencing (sensing) it. Her family watched (over) her, watched the world and themselves change, and changed themselves over those twenty-five years.
Experience means everything.
Sometimes we have no control over our ability to experience the world as in this example of a coma. Other times we choose to shut out the experiencing the world.
From thinking about what kind of person this ten year old would be like after such a coma we should understand how important experience is for identity and function. From her perspective too we should understand the shock of those she loved the most have changed to something she could almost not recognise.
Experience is temporal, spatial and physical.