Information about disability retirement for employees working for the Federal Government and the U.S. Postal Service
Tinctures only provide a slice of elements which constitute a whole; and while it is the essence of the plant, herb or other matter which is extracted, the substance itself does not represent the entirety of the thing from which it is received.
Qualia, in a similar definitional vein, concerns the subjective mental states which one experiences based upon the encounters with the objective universe, but is contained within the parameters of experiential phenomena unique to each individual. Such personal, private experiences do not necessarily constitute or represent the fullness of the individual, but through a shared process of that which we experience, we can relate to, and engage in intellectual discourse, with others in a community of experiences.
Both tinctures and qualia, then, represent only a portion of the greater whole, and when the conceptual compound is aggregated, it is a cautionary metaphor for each of us. Medical conditions have that same sense of part-to-whole; a recognition that we can never quite grasp the fullness of the other’s experience; a sense that while historical similarities may provide a window of understanding, one will never be able to completely comprehend the extent of an experiential trauma.
That is why Nagel’s essay encompassing the experiential uniqueness of another animal is relevant even today.
That is also why, for Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition, such that the medical condition prevents one from performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s job, the issue of hostile responses from one’s work environment, the lack of empathy, and the unequivocal discriminatory practices of the Federal agency or the U.S. Postal Service is often so difficult to comprehend — precisely because what the injured or medically handicapped Federal or Postal worker experiences, can never be anything more than a tincture of qualia for the agency or the U.S. Postal Service.
Federal Disability Retirement is an option which should always be considered in such circumstances, precisely because the lack of empathy or understanding on the part of the Federal agency or the U.S. Postal service will only get worse, as more needs aggregate for the Federal or Postal worker.
Federal Disability Retirement benefits are filed through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and must be done so with precision, care, and an accuracy of legal criteria such that one meets the necessary standard of proof. And like the singular experience of pain, or an encounter with a carnivore during a quiet walk in the woods, relating an event has its limitations, akin to the tincture of qualia we face in our everyday lives.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire