Some peo­ple need to start iden­ti­fy­ing with re­al­ity

Irish Independent - - The Week -

I READ your story about the Dutch­man who “iden­ti­fies” as be­ing 20 years younger than he is (‘Man (69) wants court to lower his age to 49,’ Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent, Novem­ber 9).

At the risk of com­ing across as “un-woke”, this is pure Monty Python stuff! How can some­one be given a day in court to sue over an as­pect of re­al­ity which is com­pletely out­side of any­one’s con­trol and which ab­so­lutely noth­ing can be done about? In this age of ‘you can be what­ever you want to be!’ and non-stop pos­i­tive think­ing, harsh re­al­ity is brushed aside and any­one who draws at­ten­tion to it is railed against and la­belled a “hater”.

But re­al­ity is re­al­ity and can’t be changed by court or­der or by any other means. We’ll just have to get over it! John O’Con­nor

Kil­lar­ney, Co Kerry

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