It is a different species from either judgment or understanding; for, of the former, it is often the basis and foundation to make one; as to the latter, it is the result from the procedural content in order to attain it. Perspective is an admixture of multiple components: experience adds to a balance of it; proper facts relate to the accuracy for it; consideration of judgments others proffer enriches it; and the capacity to connect all of the information gathered and provide previously unimagined ties within a historicity of intersection, relevance and significance of balance empowers it.
To possess it is to fail to react merely to a given situation while others around disintegrate in self-pity. To apply it, is to become uplifted as a paradigm for others to follow, and to integrate the fusion between past, present and projection into future courses of action. For, in the end, to have a proper “perspective” is nothing more than to realize the “now” in light of past experience and apply it to future predictability. But what if the human constitution does not always allow for identical natures inherent to all? Why do some lack it, while others are deemed to be forever secure in wisdom and reliance? Solomon is reputed to have possessed it; the women who approached him, lacked it; and the audience surrounding had no clue of it.
In law, generally, it is the tactician who can strategize by means of understanding the applicability of precedents relevant to a given case, and if it goes before a Hearing or a Trial, to incite the emotional empathy of jurors and the sense of justice uncommonly deviated from the Judge’s aplomb of impervious fortitude that wins the day. In Federal Disability Retirement law, perspective is often needed in order to make the right kind of judgments throughout the administrative process of preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether the Federal or Postal employee is under FERS, CSRS or CSRS Offset.
Having the “wrong” perspective – first, about filing at all, and second, about the administrative process and procedural hurdles itself – can result with inaction leading to detrimental consequences. Possessing and applying the “right” perspective encompasses a wide range of issues: whether to file; when to file; how to file; what evidentiary annotations of facts, argumentation and laws should be included in order to implement the most effective pathway to an approval of the Federal Disability Retirement application.
Perspective: it is something that legal counsel and experience of advice can provide within a framework of a time in one’s life when it is sorely lacking.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire