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Me-Too Identity

John Rowland

Posted on November 18, 2018 12:19

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While identity politics can occasionally become tiresome, one man's actions have lightened things up a bit.

It seems like Microsoft used to have (maybe still does) a slogan of "Where do you want to go today"?

In that same flavor, "How old do you want to be today"?

Feeling uncomfortable with his current station in life, a Dutch man has adopted this thinking, initiating legal action aiming to be considered some 20 years younger; changing his official age of 69 to his "emotional age" of 49.

Ranting against dating apps, Emile Ratelband is claiming age discrimination, in full violation of his self-described status as a "young god."

In a somewhat less deluded sense though, Ratelband does touch on some of life's practical considerations: one's relationships, home, car, work and pension -- all with respect to age.

Having worked in the actuarial field, I know that allowing such changes would naturally pose new challenges to their assignments; how on earth would insurance companies adjust for age risk.

In seeking to equate the changing of one's age as a parallel issue to changes of name or gender, also citing the realities of modern medicine, this young god feels that his "biological age in the medical world is determined to be at 40 to 45 years."

Change your birth certificate's gender, so why not age?

That Ratelband is only seeking legal remedy to the age of 49 is really quite an act of self-deprecation -- what a humble guy.

In a sense though, why stop there? Why not make it a dynamic process.

Perhaps on Monday, one actually wants to be his or her current legal age of 40; feeling more mature on Tuesday, this person wants to be 70; and on Wednesday, they're going full teenager -- complete with weed, whiskey, and the keys to the Corvette.

But while this may be more of a serious issue to some people at some point, I had to laugh out loud when I first saw it; the humorous outweighs the profound -- at least in my opinion.

Perhaps Emile's a revolutionary figure, or maybe he's some full-of-himself jerk; whatever this is, at some level, the idea rocks.

I want whatever he's having . . . Me-Too.

John Rowland

Posted on November 18, 2018 12:19

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