Does it establish the existence of empathy if a person asks after someone’s health or wellbeing? If, in the next moment, the querying individual does something which would constitute “backstabbing“, does it negate the previous sincerity of the asking? Is there a numbing effect upon a generation of individuals who have engaged in daily role-playing through video games which defy a conceptual designation of “virtual reality“, and for the most part serves to be the “real” reality for most?
Is empathy a lost virtue; is virtue even a meaningful concept in this day and age; and if lost and not, does it make a difference at all? Or has human nature been consistently mean and low throughout the ages, and any romantic semblance of a Shakespearean view (paraphrasing, here) that man is the paragon of animals and somewhat akin to the angels, is merely a profoundly meaningless statement of reminiscences long past? And what impact does such foreboding hold for individuals with medical conditions, especially in the context of employment?
For Federal and Postal employees who suffer from a medical condition, whether under FERS or CSRS, there is fortunately the default option of filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Fortunately, such an option does not depend upon the empathetic character of fellow human beings, leaving aside other Federal or Postal employees. Instead, Federal OPM Disability Retirement benefits are completely dependent upon “the law”. This is as it should be, as opposed to the fickle character of individuals who sway to and from as the unstable emotions of individuals may change from day to day. It is ultimately the law which one must cite, rely upon, and use both as a shield and a sword.
As for the lost generation of empathy: Let the laws governing Federal Disability Retirement determine the outcome of that forecast, as laws last somewhat longer than the fickle character of human beings.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire