Age is just a number


Emile Ratelband is a Dutchman, entrepreneur, founder of the Ratelband Research Institute and Ratelband Foundation, motivational speaker, organizer of seminars and trainings for companies, and author of 12 books.

Emile was born on March 11, 1949. At the beginning of November, it was published that he had brought a lawsuit against the local administration in his place of residence, after the administration had denied his request to have a new date of birth entered into his documents – March 11, 1969. In the explanation of his request to be legally recognized as 20 years younger, he stated that he feels 45 years old and that his physician had confirmed that he has the body of a 45-year old.

As additional arguments in favor of his request, Emile added that he is entitled to request such a change because we live in an age when it is legitimate to legally sanction our inner feelings. If transgender individuals who are biologically male or female but do not identify with their gender, are able to legally declare themselves as such, then why shouldn’t a person who feels younger or older in relation to their date of birth be able to do the same. He also considers a person’s right to change their name as analogous to his request. In fact, he believes that this can all be classified under free will and human rights.

Based on all of the above, one thing we could all agree on is that Emile Ratelband is not your average Joe. But, hold on for just a second…

As an argument particularly in favor of his request, Emile Ratelband points out that legally changing his age will dramatically increase his odds on dating sites and apps. He goes on to explain: “When I’m on Tinder and it says I’m 69, I don’t get an answer. When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position!”

Now, it seems that this final argument shows that Emile is actually much more similar to us than it first appeared. And it’s not just because of dating sites and apps as such. Don’t we all try to come across as prettier, better, more likeable on social networks and in communication via various other apps, don’t we try to seem better, wittier, smarter, more charming? And naturally, after a certain age, we try our hardest to look younger.

That’s exactly what Emile Ratelband is doing. It’s just that he wants legal verification of his lie. We already live in the world of “alternative facts”.

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