The idea of self-identification is absurd, a scam really. It is fraught with so many contradictions that society can’t keep up, so it just keeps creating more exceptions to make it float. Logic, rational, and even science are disregarded as “false” because it doesn’t fit with one’s idea of who they want to be. There is no rhyme or reason, it is “just because I want to.”
So, I have decided to join the conversation with my own self-identification.
From now on, I am going to identify as a 67-YEAR OLD, RETIRED WHITE MALE.
I am really 46, but that is beside the point. Who are you to tell me that I can’t be a retired 67 year old male? Are you going to deny my the right to identify as I please?
Now that I am retired, I am no longer going to show up at work. Why would I? I am retired. However, my work will now have to grant me my pension and continue to pay me on a monthly basis based on my past employment.
Also, since I am now retired, the government can start paying me my social security and medicare/medicaid benefits as well. How much should I receive in benefits? Well, that is hard to determine since I haven’t continued to work for the next 21 years. But, let’s assume that my current wage will increase on an average of 5.4% (plus, COLA and inflation)per year. Once my highest wage has been calculated then they can figure out my benefits. I want them now, I am retired.
Oh, call AARP too. I want my membership card. Watch out everyone who has senior discounts at your stores and restaurants, I am coming for those benefits as well.
Hmmm, what other benefits can I derive from my new found identity?
Um, what?? You don’t like this idea?? Wait, you say I can’t do this?? Why??
Are you discriminating against me because of my age? That makes you an “ageist” and that is illegal.
Are you discriminating against me because I am a male? That makes you “sexist” and that is illegal.
Are you discriminating against me because I am white? That makes you “racist” and that is illegal.
Are you discriminating against me because I haven’t made enough money or because I make too much? That makes you an “economist.” Oh wait, probably not that but…hell, I don’t know, but is probably has something to do with socioeconomic status…
I think you get the point. At least I hope you do. I am RETIRED. Nothing you say or do can deny me of this right.
Now, give me my money and benefits before I take you to court and sue your ass.