His 1971 work, A Theory of Justice, is a “must” read in these times. For, in the end, how can we discuss the concept of “justice” unless we first come to understand the theory of justice?
Rawls’ work requires patience and thought. It is not a Sunday-afternoon by-the-fireside read, and some would term it an esoteric work which requires a background in philosophy. Yes — this lawyer majored in Philosophy and went to graduate school to study Philosophy, but then decided that Kant and Hegel were too difficult to comprehend, and switched to the study of law.
To break down Rawls: The Theory of Justice is essentially a theory of fairness — how do we define it; what criteria can be applied to make it comprehensive and comprehensible; what are the terms of justice which we can all — or most of us — agree upon?
Life is unfair. Unfairness is all around us. Within that context of unfairness, can we still achieve a societal sense of justice?
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition prevents the Federal or Postal worker from continuing in his or her chosen career — “unfairness” is the central theme of life. “Justice”, in such a case, is to be compensated for your years of service to the Federal Government.
Consult with an OPM Disability Attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, and make sure that “justice” is attained by forcing OPM to approve your Federal Disability Retirement application under FERS.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire