Paradigms which are based upon traditional, historical or religious foundations which have had their efficacy tested by time, have a clear advantage over untested social engineering experiments.
Federal Disability Retirement, whether under FERS or CSRS, from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, is a paradigm of recognizing the worth of human productivity, by allowing for payment of an annuity because of a medical condition which prevents one from performing one or more of the essential elements of a particular job; yet, concurrently, allowing for productivity in working at another job, if desired, and if capable.
Thus, the normal reaction for the public at large is often, “Why should you get anything if you can work at some other job?” The answer is the recognition of the Easter Paradigm: death and resurrection are not mutually exclusive concepts; similarly, the fact that one is “disabled” does not mean that one cannot continue to contribute within the context of the workforce, but in a different kind of vocation.
The recuperative period of not being forced to work at a particular kind of job allows for the redemptive result of “rising” in another job. Worth of a human being is recognized in allowing for a “second” chance. The historical test of a model which has worked, the Easter Paradigm is one of hope and oriented with a view to the future — however long that may be.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire