From watching such a series, one might conclude a number of things, including: A. Most people in that part of the country are bad people, B. That part of the country represents much of what it is like in the rest of the country, and C. The country as a whole is like that; therefore, I am moving to another country.
Now, one should be cautioned as to taking such drastic steps as stated in C above; and even A and B may be a perspective which fails to reflect reality. First, murder-mysteries must normally involve — by necessity — a bunch of bad characters, and thus represent an extreme microcosm of moral failures within a narrow, compacted group of characters. Second, stories told on television — whether in one episode or via multiple seasons — are based upon abbreviated biographies of individuals, and rarely represent a true picture of the greater community surrounding the murder-mystery.
Most of the people in the community likely live boring, uninteresting lives, and thus would not be brought into the storytelling within the context of the television show. Thus, just as when you are telling a story at the dinner table to your friends and family about some interesting thing that happened to you, you will likely leave out the detail about how many times you went to the bathroom during the incident related; so, in parallel fashion, a television series will leave out many details which are monotonous and unrelated to the main plot.
It is the consequences of having a skewed perspective that is most troubling, of course — of “C” above, where you make a drastic decision based upon an untrue belief based upon a fictional depiction of an event.
Not filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS is somewhat like that. You might have the wrong — skewed — idea about the process — that “no one ever gets approved” or that your specific medical condition somehow “doesn’t qualify”, and so therefore you don’t even try, and instead continue to devastate your health because of wrong assumptions.
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.