Wittgenstein argued that a language which is kept private — i.e., known only to one person and not shared with anyone else — is conceptually impossible. Language by definition is a vehicle by which ideas, concepts, declarations and commands are conveyed, and to remain as an eternal soliloquy would undermine the very essence of what language is meant to be.
Similarly, does the concept of “worth” make any sense within a vacuum? Can an individual stranded on an island have any capacity to understand such a concept — of a “sense of worth”? As an ancillary issue, what is meant by “a sense of”, as opposed to X or Y having “worth” without the prefatory addendum of “a sense of”? If a person were to say, “I have worth” — is it different from declaring, “I have a sense of worth?” Or, is the attribution appropriate when a distinction is made between living entities as opposed to inanimate objects?
For example, if a person points to another person’s wrist and says, “I have a sense of worth about that watch you are wearing,” would such a statement seem odd? Is “sense of “ attributable to a fuzziness when it comes to the object/subject of such attribution?
Ultimately, whether of worth or sense of worth, what becomes clear is that the conclusion of “worth” is derived from the interaction with others within a given community. Neither “worth” nor “sense of worth” is a comprehensible concept in a vacuum, in isolation, or as a soliloquy. For, in the end, both language and a sense of worth are derived not from an egoistical encounter, but by attributions from others.
For Federal and Postal employees whose sense of worth has diminished because of the silence of agencies and postal facilities as to one’s contributions to the workplace, it may be time to consider filing for Federal Disability Retirement under FERS. Consult with an attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law and consider regaining your sense of worth by moving beyond the Federal Agency or the Postal Service that no longer sees your sense of worth.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire