That is about all we get from other people’s lives. Yes, we make grand judgments and determinations based upon the scintilla of evidence we have. It is even worse, in modernity; for, in past ages, people actually got to see one another, spending perhaps an evening over a meal, a get-together, an afternoon picnic, etc.
Now, we look at a flat screen, whether on the Smart Phone or a computer monitor, and cast judgments and aspersions based upon quick texts and posts prepared with minimal thought or consideration. Superficiality is the modern equivalent of shallow minds in past eras.
Glimpses of slices are what we base our relationships upon, these days, because we have no time to spend in trying to understand or empathize. Life is too busy; and while past ages and epochs also had little time beyond survival, at least much of it involved human interactions.
It is no different at the various Federal agencies, who know not the trials of their own employees and never take the time to try and understand what an employee is going through when a medical condition begins to impact his or her ability and capacity to continue in their career of choice.
That is why this lawyer’s standard advice is, to the following question: Should I tell my agency now, of my intent to file for Federal Disability Retirement? The answer: Let’s hold off for as long as possible, because once they find out you are no longer going to be part of “the team”, all of a sudden, you will become a pariah.
Yes, glimpses of slices — that is what people now take with them to the graves which adorn the lifeless souls of people without empathy. Contact a lawyer who specializes in OPM Disability Retirement Law, and let not the glimpses of slices defeat the worthwhile endeavors of tomorrow’s hope.
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.