Emile Ratelband, a 69-year-old motivational speaker from the Netherlands, has petitioned a court for permission to change his legal age — by 20 years. The Dutchman believes that he should be allowed to legally become 49, claiming that he feels like a "young god" and would benefit from the change in age.
Ratelband's request was denied by the court in Arnhem, which found that changing his age could have serious implications for society. The court argued that if individuals were allowed to change their ages at will, it could lead to problems with record keeping and identity fraud.
Despite the court's decision, Ratelband remains adamant about wanting to change his age. He believes that if people are allowed to legally change their names or gender, then they should also be able to legally change their age. He argues that it is a matter of personal freedom and self-determination.
Ratelband claims that he would benefit from being younger on paper as it would open up more job opportunities and make him more attractive on dating apps. He also believes that it would help him feel better about himself and give him an emotional boost.
It remains unclear whether Ratelband will continue his fight for the right to legally become younger or accept the court's ruling. Whatever happens next, this case has certainly sparked an interesting debate about personal freedom and identity in modern society.