The philosophical conundrum involving the ability to distinguish between dreams and reality, rests upon a fundamental confusion on the part of the thinker: one would not be able to discuss the concept of dreams, unless there is first a presumption about reality.
The fact that we can discuss whether or not X is a dream, is precisely because there is already a pretext of a reality. Similarly, in almost every other area of conceptual discussions: appearance versus reality; essence versus the peripheral; and multiple other instances.
In preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, it is important to stick to the “substance” of one’s claim, lest the verbiage and the spaces in between detract and confuse the Case Worker at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Issues which lead one away from the essence of a Federal Disability Retirement application, such as anger at a supervisor; a rant against the agency; undue focus upon the hostile environment created by the agency; all of these can seem as real as the reality of a dream; but however real a dream may appear, one awakens, and the reality of the real world suddenly forces itself upon us.
In a narrative telling of one’s disability and its impact upon one’s life, it is not the “spaces in between” which tell the story; it is the story itself. Thus, all roads should lead back to the essence of one’s narrative: the medical condition, and how that condition prevents one from performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s job.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire