People today receive accolades for all sorts of things — including, just for being “normal”. The “Father of the Year” award is given to an individual for just doing what he is supposed to be doing. A return of a lost item of personal value, or a wallet found in the parking lot — we are all amazed at such honesty. The term “hero” is bandied about loosely, and applies to everyone and anyone who does what he or she is supposed to be doing.
The ordinary has become the extraordinary, and the negation of a negative is seen as a positive (of course, we all did learn in fundamental mathematics that two negatives = a positive, so to that extent, it is correct).
Performance reviews, too, are given high ratings, even when a Federal or Postal employee is barely making it. In a Federal Disability Retirement case, this is often argued by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as a negative when applying for Federal Disability Retirement benefits. Here, the Award of Not can be a detriment.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire