Nobody would claim that a person who has spent 50 years on Earth is biologically identical to someone who has spent 10 years on Earth. Certainly, physiology and biology play roles on the appearance and mental development of humans. The transchrono community understands this fact very well. However we also understand that using the number of trips the Earth has taken around the sun during one’s lifetime is not an accurate or appropriate description of that person.
When a game show host introduces a contestant as “Jim, 25 from Ohio”, that is offensive. No, not that his name is Jim or even that he is from Ohio – but that he “is” 25, which only tells that he has experienced 25 trips around the sun. So what? Why not also tell us how many supernovas there were in the Milky Way galaxy during his lifetime? Astrophysical events have no place in a person’s identity, not since ancient times at least.
The transchrono community calls for a new classification system to describe people’s level of experience and personality. We call this system the “era” system. In the “era” system, there are a small number of pre-defined eras that encapsulate the life periods that humans can go through. For example, the era of “Exploration” often describes small children or experienced adults looking for a new career. In this sense, what society terms “8 years old” and “45 years old” are virtually identical. The aforementioned game show host would introduce Jim from Ohio as “Jim, Life Building, from Ohio”, which describes Jim as someone who is working hard to build his life (i.e. by starting a business, a new job, etc) and is from Ohio. Jim may have spent 25 years or 70 years on Earth already, but this is not relevant to anyone and is frankly, nobody’s business.
We will continue lobbying and campaigning for this important change. It is time to move forward.