The Age of Folly is in contrast to the Age of Reason, the Age of Discontent, the Age of Serious Wonder, the Age of …. But of modernity: We live in the Age of Folly.
A recent Wall Street Journal article spoke about ways to try and interest a child who is a “gamer” to read books — an endeavor which, in former times, would have been a “given”. Entice him with books of action! Try and find books which cater to his interests! Really? How about: Books represent the richness of our culture; they open the pathway to a successful life; they expose us to a world beyond, and educate us about the world in which we abide. Perhaps, restricting “game time” and saying “No” to the child’s every want is the better first step.
Time was, not so long ago, that we had a shared set of values — through the common reading of great works. Can a city kid have empathy for farmers who struggle? Yes, because we all read Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath. Does a Midwestern Farmer have any knowledge about fishermen? Yes, because we all read Hemingway’s, The Old Man and the Sea. Did the Northerner have any idea about the South? Yes, because we all read Faulkner. And did the Southerner know anything about their Northern neighbors? Yes, because we all read F. Scott Fitzgerald.
But we no longer read. And so we live in the Age of Folly, lost in our Smartphones, forever brandishing opinions on Facebook, Twitter and Social Media. That is often how Federal and Postal employees who struggle with a medical condition feel about the lack of empathy by their coworkers and supervisors — an Age of Folly where empathy no longer exists, and the attitude is one of: So what?
Consider preparing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application under FERS, and get away from the Age of Folly where others seem to have absolutely no understanding of your life, your situation or your problems beyond the nose extending 2 inches from the flat surface of their faces. Contact a retirement attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, and perhaps you will be able to escape this cauldron entitled, The Age of Folly.
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.