I’ve been waiting for this, since it was clearly inevitable: a 69-year-old man in the Netherlands is petitioning to have his birth date legally changed, making him 20 years younger. And his case is being heard.
Ratelband says his legal appeal is consistent with other forms of personal transformation that are gaining acceptance and government recognition in the Netherlands and around the world.
“With this free(dom) of choice, choice of name, freeness of gender, I want to have my own age. I want to control myself,” he said Thursday.
No one should be surprised by this. It is absolutely consistent with, and no sillier than, “changing” one’s gender (or pretending not to have one). There have always been people who want to pretend to be someone other than who they are, and in general that is harmless; but now those people are increasingly trying to force others to play along with their pretense.
Well, let me be the first to open a new frontier: I have decided that my true identity is that of a billionaire. It’s not my fault that I was born without huge piles of money. From now on, I want everyone to treat me like an extremely wealthy person. Including my bank.
Going to check my balance now….Published in