For over 50 years, we have been told that our lives will be simpler, more efficient, of greater ease, resulting from the technological advancement of society at large.
With each technological innovation, some aspect of the common man’s life was supposed to be unburdened, with greater leisure time and less stress. But a fundamental principle of human nature was ignored throughout the incremental advancement towards such sophistication: the innate hunger to create ever more, and the desire by those at the pinnacle of civilization to play the role of master of the universe.
In legal circles, we were all doomed once the fax machine was invented; for, with such a contraption, the 3-4 days it took to send out a first class letter confirming a conversation or following up on one, became instantaneous, and the war of the who-said-what and what was settled upon became an urgent necessity with the ability to send and receive immediately.
Contrary to the great promise of our times, technology and modernization has further complicated, stressed and compounded the problems of daily living.
For the Federal or Postal employee who is contemplating filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, whether under FERS or CSRS, the added complexity of winding one’s way through a maze of bureaucracy, of compiling an effective legal case for one’s Federal Disability Retirement application, is often “too much” because such an effort is in addition to the burden of dealing with one’s debilitating medical condition.
The key is to always streamline and simplify; but of course, that’s precisely what society has been purportedly doing all of these years, with each new gadget declaring the end of stress; and we are all the more stimulated by it.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire