Modernity denounces methodology. Suspicions abound when it comes to traditional invocations of previously-tried methods. The young denounce method; “on the fly” is considered the nouveau appetite in “basement-beginning” internet start-ups; of young geniuses who can do no wrong. Systematized business models; the way things have always been; the need to know one’s place and to wait for one’s turn; these, and many more, are considered the antiquated detritus of past misgivings.
While no one needs to invent the wheel each time, the trend has been to celebrate creativity and innovation, and in the process, to abandon tradition, old ways, and thus old people. This is a culture of youth, and so the plastic surgery industry and cosmetic do-over trends have exploded into successful business ventures. Even “rational thought” is being abandoned — of the outmoded logical structures in proper argumentation, the Aristotelian model of symbolic logic: Out the Metaphorical Window!
Yet, in some corners of rational discourse, methodology must remain essential. For, the “law” depends upon methodology; of a logical, linear manner of argumentation.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition where initiation of the Federal Disability Retirement process must be engaged, do not think that merely gathering up one’s medical records and submitting them with the SF 3107 and SF 3112 series of forms will get you by the eagle-eyes of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Yes, the rest of culture may have accepted the abandonment of methodology, but in the Federal bureaucracy, a sound legal approach steeped in methodological minutiae is still the successful articulation needed to win a Federal Disability Retirement case under the FERS retirement system.
Robert R. McGill
Lawyer exclusively representing Federal and Postal employees to secure their Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.