Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Dog does not bite man is not news either

Dominated by doom, drama is the worst media bias and addiction of our times

‘Dog bites man is no news; man bites dog is news.’ When too common, it’s not news. A dog that doesn’t bite is not news at all. Good news is no news.

My mother’s father used to say: ‘No news so big, or it’s dead in three days.’ (In Dutch, it rhymes: Geen nieuwtje zo groot of het is in drie dagen dood.)

We talk about the terrible depersonalization and media bias of social media. Much more serious is the way the news is dominated by doom.

It never makes the front page or is appreciated that life is mostly good, and most of us get old despite it all and, by and large, have a good time. Until we discover this underreporting as bad. That would be newsworthy!

I marched in Jerusalem, and everything was nice and peaceful. It did not even make the news. But when three people block traffic, it’s all over.

After the October 7 pogrom, there seemed a lull in the murders in Israeli-Muslim quarters. Until I blogged about it, it was not even reported.

Speaking of October 7, hardly anyone writes about all the people who escaped the mass murders. People on vacation elsewhere, people who lost no one. People without horror stories, it’s just not interesting.

Much is published about the Six Million who were slaughtered in the Holocaust. Hardly any mention of the twelve million Jews who survived unscratched. Unless they’re ‘Survivors’ with dreadfully emotional stories or heroes who surpassed the suffering and lived well, in the shadow of it.

Why mourn death if life is so terrible? Well, the secret truth is that life is mostly good, comfortable, enjoyable, for most people, most of the time.

History used to be only about leaders and the rich. The common person was only discovered recently. Yet, life’s lack of misery stays seriously underreported. If you’d believe the news, we all agonize constantly.

Those who get terribly depressed from all the negativity get in the news. And they receive medical drugs to shut them up. It’s logical they lost hope, but we don’t want to know. We keep consuming the drama. It’s like the medical puzzle of why people get high blood pressure. In the West, we take in ten (!) times more salt than our bodies need. But only when people get sick, that is news; we are uninformed about those who, nevertheless, stay healthy. Cutting down on salt is mostly trivial for those not sick (yet).

Putting things in proper perspective and giving (maintaining) hope has nothing to do with being naïve or ignoring problems. Be real and honest.

All the negativity is by design, to keep us passive and away from activism.

Postscript from Friday: Today, I slept in, and, awake for fifteen minutes, I still didn’t have a new idea. That’s good news because my keyboard can’t keep up. And I’m finishing my book about the October War and can’t use too many new ideas. Things will probably go completely wrong again on Shabbat, but I will enjoy it for as long as it lasts. Shabbat shalom.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. * His newest books you may find here:
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