It is the collective gods, or of great men and women, of either a religion with multiple deities, or of mythological narratives, or even of respected mortals; and, in their aggregate, they perhaps comprise the paradigm of that which a culture, a society or a civilization stands for.
Perhaps they represent the best of us — of virtue, of bravery, of moral foundations, etc. Do we all carry about with us such an image? Or, have we become so narcissistic that the only paradigmatic examples we view are those of our own accomplishments?
Certainly, we must by necessity have a “self-image” — but is that abstracted model of one’s self a true depiction, or merely another example of the collective pantheon of imagined gods?
Some of us had the good fortune of growing up with good examples; others, perhaps were forced to borrow from history’s great figures; but it is those who have no such paradigms to follow, who inevitably become lost when a crisis contorts.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition and lack a pantheon of examples to follow, a medical condition can become all the more devastating when there is no guidance or direction. Human Resource offices are often unhelpful. The information “out there” can be misleading.
For help, contact a lawyer who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law. For, in the end, it is not the imaginary pantheon of greats who will lead you into the future, but a knowledgable lawyer who knows the ins-and-outs of Federal Disability Retirement Law who can help guide you through the morass of a bureaucratic complexity known otherwise as the god of all bureaucracies — The U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Robert R. McGill, Lawyer