It is a procedural approach, and those who engage in it often have the greater talents akin to science, engineering, mathematics and symbolic logic. It is the person who views every contingency in terms of best and worse case scenarios before deciding upon a determined course of action.
But how accurate is the “best” and the “worst”? How can one determine if the informational input that is “fed” into the substance of that which will result in the output of what is described as the “best” and the “worst” is accurate enough to make it even worthwhile? Does a gambler enter into a casino and make such assessments? Of thinking to him/herself in terms of: If I place X amount on the table and lost it all, what is the best case scenario, and what is the worst? When a person begins a career, does he or she begin life with the same approach? How about marriage? Or having children? Or, is it more likely that such an application really has a very limited impact, and should be used sparingly in the daily events of life’s encounters? Is that a false set of alternatives precisely because there are many incremental and relevant “in-betweens” that may determine one’s course of action?
Perhaps the picture painted of the “best” scenario of outcome determinatives need not be the basis for one’s decision, and even the “worst” case scenario need not be the minimum standard or quality of life that we would accept, but somewhere in between or just shy of that extreme cliff that we have described? Perhaps they are false alternatives when we present it in that light, with only those two extremes of alternative realities to consider?
For the Federal or Postal employee who suffers 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 the Federal or Postal employee’s job with the Federal Agency or the Postal Service, preparing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application does not need to be based upon false alternatives presented, but should instead be based upon a pragmatic step towards recognizing the reality of one’s medical condition, its impact upon one’s capacity and ability to continue in a job or career that may be detrimental to one’s health, and proceed based upon the totality of factors considered – but primarily with a view towards safeguarding one’s health.
Health is that “other factor” that tips the balance of what is the best or worst case scenario; for, in the end, there is no scenario at all without one’s health.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire