Does it really have a shape? Yes, yes, of course it is a “dimensional” world where there is depth, height, width, volume, and all sorts of “stuff” in between — and “form” differentiates and distinguishes between various “beings” such that there is not a “oneness” of Being; but beyond that, does “reality’ have a shape, and is it different for each of us?
Of course, the natural follow-up question concerns whether we can ourselves “shape” reality — used as transitive verb and not as a noun — as opposed to encountering reality “as it is” and merely accepting its trueness of Being. Is Kant correct in that the categories of the human psyche form the perceptual reality that surrounds us and, if so, is it different for each of us? Do the mentally ill merely have a different “shape of reality” as opposed to “normal” individuals with healthy psyches?
How is reality shaped — does our eyesight make a difference? Do the blind have a different shape of reality because they must depend more upon tactile experiences which determines their space within a darkness of extension and volume? If we could smell colors and see scents, would the shape of reality be altered? Does language modify the reality we perceive, and in modernity, has Facebook, Twitter and Instagram radically transformed the very essence of reality’s shape? And does a medical condition modify one’s shape of reality, as well?
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition prevents the Federal or Postal employee from performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job, the shape of reality must include various encounters with alternative universes that may previously have been unthought of — as such shapes of reality that may include the preparation, formulation and filing of an effective Federal Disability Retirement application, to be filed with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
It is, indeed, a different shape of reality: One must think about a life and career apart from the Federal or Postal sector; and while such shapes may change, such realities must be adapted to, and the one constant in life is the essence of who you are, what you have become, and the idea that you can still shape reality into the realness based upon the shape that you are in today.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire