Much of them are derived by tradition. Time was, there was never a question about it because the foundational unit of a family constituted the basis of our connections. Transience; the ability to move to places afar; the invention of the automobile; these, and much more, brought the question of connections to the fore, to the extent that technology companies convinced everyone that “connectivity” was something needed, desired and missing.
Of course, one might argue that this country never developed any “traditions”, and that we have always been an aggregation of leftovers. This is a country without connections. The connections were severed through migration and immigration, and ours is a population of connection-less peoples. So, what is the solution? Or, is it even a problem?
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition prevents the Federal or Postal employee from having that close connection, anymore, to the workplace, to coworkers, to the Agency or the Postal Service itself resulting from an overwhelming sense of isolation as a consequence of the illness or disability itself — preparing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management will fulfill two tasks: One, it will cut off the connection to your former career, and perhaps your “former self”, but in addition (and Two), it will allow for the connection to a greater priority: your health.
Connections are important; but, sometimes, to disconnect in order to make connections to greater and more important issues is a recognition which may result in the greatest of all connections: That of making the proper decision, and thereby attaining the higher connection of wisdom.
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.