Is it just? And of the query, what meaning do we ascribe to it? Of one formulation, an implied addendum unspoken – as in, “Is life just about going through the motions, or is there more to it than that?” In another manner of meaning, it can encapsulate the greater paradigms of fairness, balance and equality of opportunity: the ‘just’ is merely an abbreviation of the greater concept of ‘Justice‘ with a capital J.
Or, perhaps the duality of meanings is intended – for, in the former manner of speaking, is there not an implicit denotation that the wider connotation is inferred – as in, “Is life just about going through the motions, having some pleasure in life, or is there more to it than that, like trying to achieve a sense of Justice in this world?” Are there multiple meanings in such a simple word, merely derived from the emitted utterance, whether or not intended, sought or even realized? And, indeed, there is truth in the statement, isn’t there?
Life is rarely ‘just’; it is much more than that, and often implicitly encompasses the wider capitalization even if you don’t mean it as such. The ‘just’ is an attempt to minimize and marginalize; it fails to recognize the complexity of the greater issues involved, unless, of course, the further query is invoked: If it is not just about X, then what does it encapsulate?
No, life is rarely ‘just’ about this or that; it may involve them, but in addition, much more, unless containing and avoiding the concerns outside of the carefully-demarcated divides crafted in order to simplify, preserve and ignore that which falls outside of the arbitrary boundaries created, becomes an achievable goal of choice. Some are able to insulate and ignore, while most others cannot ignore the injustices prevailing.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who are contemplating filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether the Federal or Postal employee is under FERS, CSRS or CSRS Offset, the question is often posed: Oh, is it just filling out those forms?
Well – not quite. Yes, it does involve filling out the applicable forms, but in order to prepare an effective Federal Disability Retirement application, it will likely involve much more than that – of obtaining relevant and compelling medical documentation that meets the legal criteria of Federal Disability Retirement laws, statutes and regulations; and then there is the wider question which was originally posed, involved the ‘Just’ as the abbreviated form of ‘Justice’ – that, in order to achieve it, the relevant legal argumentation must be made.
No, life is rarely ‘just’ about this or that; it almost always just involves much more.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire