Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Election day a free day?

Everything in the voting station I went to was … blue and white (right up to the envelop). I asked the head of the station if this wasn’t illicit free plugging of Blue & White. He thought I was joking (which I was).

Election day is a day free from work for most employees, we are told. However, I heard that many stores in Jerusalem were open. That was not forbidden as long as the workers are paid double salary. I guess that in the open stores, the bosses themselves served the public.

Many bus drivers worked. As a passenger, I found it a pleasure. Most buses were not for free, though. Mostly intercity buses were. But if you were in Tel Aviv and wanted to go vote in Jerusalem, you still had to pay two tickets to & fro your intercity bus, and also one or two in Jerusalem. That’s not really a free ride at all.

Even the computers at the Postal Bank got a free day. Money that should have come in from outside of the country didn’t although it’s a fully automated process. And — of course — the desperate telemarketers of the failing Jerusalem Post did call me (they call every day). They probably have no money to pay them and 200% of zero is still zero.

Many worried about the costs of the elections. I say: more people voted than the previous time and they spent more money — good for the economy. Let’s do this more often — at least, as long as we don’t have a free Sunday. Even if it’s not as free as air.

Through the day, evening and night, the media had so much to cover. From all the contradictory reports we can conclude that at least some of the politics mentioned were fact-free.

Many went to the beach or nature reserves. For some that was instead of voting — it’s a free country. But the PM even let us know that free sex was not the goal of the day. But many combined business with pleasure. I would like to hear apologies from all the politicians who berated the public for not valuing enough their democratic right to vote.

In prison, voting was high. That was instead of going on day trips because, contrary to popular belief, their election day wasn’t a day to go free.

Predictably, some of the parties at the tallies went into free-fall. There were 25% fewer parties, this time. Next time again, and so on, and we’ll end up with a two-party system after all.

I fully enjoyed, and with me no doubt all the trees of the world, to see the streets free from posters, banners and pamphlets dealing with the elections. The few SMSes we got were much better.

Please, be one of those who’s lighthearted about it all. We know it’s all so serious but we don’t have to demonstrate that insight by arguing or stressing about the results. May we all have a calm new year, free of stress, hatred, competition, slander, panic, despair, arrogance, etc.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * 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. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. 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 a 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. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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