Can Age Be­come Just a Num­ber?

The Economic Times - - Breaking Ideas -

The courts are now be­ing seen as the so­lu­tion to all kinds of is­sues, even those seem­ingly not strictly within the realms of law. Now, the plea of a 69-year-old Dutch­man be­fore a lo­cal court may fur­ther broaden the amaz­ing pow­ers of the ju­di­ciary as he wants le­gal sanc­tion to lower his age by 20 years. If his in­ten­tion had been to thereby in­crease his ten­ure or prospects of a job by a few months up to a cou­ple of years — not an un­com­mon oc­cur­rence, even In­di­ans would agree — the court would have prece­dents to turn to. But as the gen­tle­man’s sole in­ten­tion is to im­prove his chances of scor­ing on a dat­ing web­site, the court may find the is­sue to be a bit knotty. Many do be­lieve that “age is just a num­ber” and a per­son is “as young as he or she feels”, but that free­dom of per­cep­tion has never been ce­mented in a le­gal doc­u­ment. There is even a cer­tain logic to his ar­gu­ment that if peo­ple can legally choose which gen­der to “iden­tify” with, they should be al­lowed sim­i­lar lee­way when it comes to their age as well. The fringe ben­e­fits of flexi-vin­tage in the con­text of age-linked facets of quo­tid­ian life, such as in­sur­ance and mort­gage pre­mi­ums — just the sort of stuff that 69-year-olds would be very con­scious about — are more than ob­vi­ous. As he is a “pos­i­tiv­ity coach”, the low chances of win­ning this case will pre­sum­ably not de­ter him.

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