Time and the negation of time is a concept which is virtually impossible to conceptualize, precisely because any thought about the concept necessarily requires the human mind to be present in the thinking process of the issue.
Thus, to consider a moment prior to the beginning of time is an intellectual act of futility, as such thought necessarily requires the imposition of one’s own mind in the moment of timelessness. But if one grants that time must somehow involve motion, and that without movement of objects or thought, the very concept itself would become meaningless, then one can begin to comprehend the negation of time, and the requirements of such circumstances (e.g., a void, total darkness, inertia, etc.).
In the stages prior to consideration of filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, it is this state of inertia — of waiting for some movement, an indication of improvement of one’s medical conditions; of some change in circumstances, or the vain hope that things will alter for the better, which ultimately becomes damaging. For, lack of movement or progress, in retrospect, is often the very loss of valuable time; and loss of time, when taking into account the further lengthiness of the process it takes just to prepare a Federal Disability Retirement case, then to wait for OPM to make a decision, only exponentially magnifies the time lost during the period of inertia and indecision. The tentacles of time tend to take over the tendency to procrastinate. Sometimes, a decision to move in and of itself is invaluable.
Deciding to file for OPM Disability Retirement benefits is a major, life-changing event; to remain in a state of inertia and negation of time is also a similarly profound event; it is just that, because there is no discernible motion of objects, it just appears as if time is standing still, when in fact the world around us continues to zip forward.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire