We are not all that good at it; some, better than others; the rest of us, standing by as watchful bystanders. Is problem-solving done by methodological discourse, or by random attempts of trial and error?
Certainly, for engineering and scientific challenges, esoteric training and background has an advantage; but did the first person who came to the end of a peninsula and observed an island just beyond — did the thought of a bridge or a boat appear because of some specialized knowledge, or simply out of one’s imagination?
In modernity, problems and their solutions tend to be compartmentalized into specialized areas of training. Aside from problems of the run-of-the-mill character (family squabbles, teenagers, lost pets and a leaky faucet, etc.), most are challenges within a specified field of expertise. We no longer live in a world where mysteries abound and explorers wonder (wander?) whether there is an edge at the far side of the oceans.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who have a problem with a medical condition which prevents the Federal or Postal worker from performing all of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job, it may be time to call an expert in the field of Federal Disability Law and prepare, formulate and file an effective Federal Disability Retirement application. For, problem solving is not merely a matter of a problem identified, but of a solution thoughtfully contemplated.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
FERS OPM Disability Attorney