FERS OPM Medical Retirement: Perfection in the details

     Why is it that we never question the statement, “Well, this is an imperfect world; but in a perfect world…”. What is “perfection” and who defines it? Doesn’t it all depend upon the details within the definition? Is a “perfect world” the same for everyone, across all cultural lines and within every community? Or does it vary depending upon one’s background and upbringing? Would a picture of a “perfect world” be the same, say, for a pious, religious zealot as opposed to a hedonist? How about the contrast between a Libertarian and an Authoritarian? So, in a recent description about an individual who was known to have held conservative religious beliefs, but who concurrently believed in weapons production and advanced technological weaponry, the question was asked by a student whether there was a contradiction between faith held and work engaged, and the answer was: “Well, in a perfect world, we wouldn’t need any such weapons; but this being an imperfect world, we would have to defend ourselves.” To this answer, of course, there appeared no “follow-up” question; but shouldn’t there have been? Such as: What is your vision and definition of a “perfect world”? Well, one might answer, a perfect world is one in which everyone is allowed to be free to do what he or she wants without fear of retaliation or offense. But is that a viable vision of a perfect world? As freedom and liberty is never a license for unfettered actions, so a Hobbesian State of Nature cannot be the foundation for perfection. 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, the lack of perfection achieved is already self-evident: One’s health is a testament to that; and the manner in which the Federal Agency or the Postal unit has reacted to one’s health, is also an indicator of an imperfect world. Filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management may not be the perfect solution for the circumstances one is in, but then, we neither live in a perfect world nor must contend with a semblance of one. Perfection matters in the details of every endeavor, and it is the striving towards perfection that matters, not in the achievement of it. In preparing a Federal Disability Retirement application, always remember that there is never a “perfect case” where OPM will unquestionably approve it; but in preparing an application for Federal Disability Retirement, it is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced Attorney in order to reach a level of perfection where, in retrospective regret, one does not have to needlessly say, “Well, in a perfect world…”
Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire

View Attorney Profile

Robert R. McGill

Licensed since 1988

Member at firm Robert R. McGill

AWARDS

Champion Badge Platinum

RECENT POSTS

  • FERS OPM Medical Retirement: The wasted life
    Posted on February 16, 2019

         Perception is one thing; reality is quite another. Plato’s entire compendium of works can be reduced to the essence of that thought: The worth of life’s goal is to embrace pure Being, the reality that surrounds, and to distinguish between appearance and truth; the allegory of the Cave; the arguments with Thrasymachus; the ... Read more

  • FERS OPM Medical Retirement: The Lost Illusions
    Posted on February 15, 2019

         In childhood, we retained many illusions; as adulthood came to fruition, such illusions were slowly stripped away, one by one, until reality hardened the sunlight of hope and replaced them with the gloom of daily existence. Then, sometime later in life, when maturity formed the mold of contentment and latter-day fancies allowed for ... Read more

  • FERS OPM Medical Retirement: The Ledger of Life
    Posted on February 14, 2019

         The Ledger was once that oversized binder which recorded the economic transactions for various purposes — of maintaining income and outlays; of keeping an accounting of various details in one’s life, whether of activities in business or even of one’s habits and patterns of existence. Somehow, it doesn’t seem the same as typing ... Read more

Robert R. McGill

Licensed since 1988

Member at firm Robert R. McGill

AWARDS

Champion Badge Platinum

RECENT POSTS

  • FERS OPM Medical Retirement: The wasted life
    Posted on February 16, 2019

         Perception is one thing; reality is quite another. Plato’s entire compendium of works can be reduced to the essence of that thought: The worth of life’s goal is to embrace pure Being, the reality that surrounds, and to distinguish between appearance and truth; the allegory of the Cave; the arguments with Thrasymachus; the ... Read more

  • FERS OPM Medical Retirement: The Lost Illusions
    Posted on February 15, 2019

         In childhood, we retained many illusions; as adulthood came to fruition, such illusions were slowly stripped away, one by one, until reality hardened the sunlight of hope and replaced them with the gloom of daily existence. Then, sometime later in life, when maturity formed the mold of contentment and latter-day fancies allowed for ... Read more

  • FERS OPM Medical Retirement: The Ledger of Life
    Posted on February 14, 2019

         The Ledger was once that oversized binder which recorded the economic transactions for various purposes — of maintaining income and outlays; of keeping an accounting of various details in one’s life, whether of activities in business or even of one’s habits and patterns of existence. Somehow, it doesn’t seem the same as typing ... Read more