In recent days, the media around the world have seized the story of a 69-year-old Dutchman who is asking the authorities to lower his legal age by 20 years. In the Netherlands, the national media, which have practically not treated the subject, are surprised by such a craze for this well-known media personality accustomed to shoots.
Emile Ratelband is very well known in the Netherlands. This entrepreneur and media personality is often called the “guru of positivity” for his many conferences and workshops on personal development. Last August, he announced on private television SBS his intention to go to court to obtain the change of his birthday from March 11, 1949 to March 11, 1969, after a first refusal by one of the officials of the civil status of his city of Arnhem, in the east of the country.
In an interview last month, in the daily Christian-inspired Trouw, this entrepreneur and self-proclaimed coach in positivism justified it