We can walk around without anyone knowing about the thoughts being thought; perhaps a grin may betray an inkling, or a sly smile triggering a suspicion; but isn’t that the beauty of the insular world? We can escape into it; lock the doors; think our thoughts in the privacy of that insular world. And of pain?
Wittgenstein asserted that there can be no private language game of One — i.e., of one person creating a language where only that person can speak, think, talk in that private language game, etc. This is because language, by definition, is a vehicle and conveyance of communication, and if it only exists in that insular world of One, then it is not a language, but mere gibberish.
Again, what of pain? Is pain similar to a private language game of One? Certainly, others experience it — or so we are told. But if someone says, “I am in pain” to a person who has never experienced pain, how can the second person understand what the first person is attempting to convey? Say that the second person has in fact experienced pain — how do we know that what the second person has experienced is the same as what the first person is experiencing?
Pain, by definition, is subjective, but often with objective evidence correlating to the experience of pain. But like the private language game of One, it is an experience which is possessed by only the person undergoing that phenomenon of feeling it.
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 performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job, be aware — beware — that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management will often argue that your pain is merely subjective, and has no objective basis to prevent you from performing your job.
It is doubtful that the OPM Medical Specialist is making the same argument as Wittgenstein was, but nevertheless, to counter the absurdity of OPM’s arguments, you may want to contact a Federal Disability Attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law and hire someone who is familiar with the laws, regulations and legal case-laws which can counter that insular world of OPM’s vacuous arguments.
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.