It is the negation of integration — the idea of coming together and connecting the various disparate parts of uncommon elements and coalescing into a coherent whole and working together in cooperative combinations of cogent communities, and the negation of it results in a dramatic crumbling where the adhesive which held together the various parts begins to unravel at the seams and break off into independent and isolated components.
It can happen over time, in incremental and progressive ways, or suddenly by a tragic event. To witness the former is to observe society in a downward spiral, as in Western Civilization’s current state of affairs. The statistical evidence is irrefutable; and the trend of self-absorption undeniable. How far the disintegration will take us, only time will tell.
Regardless of the macrocosmic scale of disintegration, which we can readily sidestep and attempt to ignore, it is when individual lives begin to experience the phenomena (i.e., on the microcosmic scale) that we begin to comprehend the full meaning of the concept. It often begins with an unexpected event — like a medical condition that suddenly turns into a crisis. Such an event can turn one’s universe upside down.
It will test the strength and viability of the adhesives which you have relied upon and constructed throughout your life — of friends and family, the lifetime you have built, the community you sought out, and many other components, besides. Will your family rally around you and give you the necessary support, or will they abandon you and forget the reserve of goodwill you compiled?
Your true friends and loved ones will be revealed during the difficult trials ahead, and the bifurcation separating mere words from action will become readily evident.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from an injury or chronic condition that prevents the Federal or Postal employee from performing all of the essential elements of their Federal or Postal job and must consider preparing, formulating, and filing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application under FERS laws with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you have the further advantage of the benefit of FERS Federal Disability Retirement when the crisis of disintegration occurs as a result of a medical condition.
However, as OPM is not a part of that “integrated community of support”, you may want to contact an OPM Disability Retirement Attorney who specializes in OPM Medical Retirement Law before proceeding.
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.