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

Everyone’s enormous costs of not caring about certain groups of unfortunates

Although for future generations (if there will be any), it will be hard to understand, but most people nowadays care most about “their own.”

This can take the form of selfishness, of my family first and only, of chauvinism, nationalism, racism, sexism, you name it.

Morally, this is, of course, not so defensible. The Hebrew Bible and Tradition is full of care for everyone and especially the less fortunate.

That ethical call of thousands of years ago is still as relevant as it was then. Most men and many women still have a strong tendency of not caring about the fate of the weak or the stranger, the ‘other,’ ‘them.’

However, lately, the price is increasingly paid by all of us.

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The first loss, of cause, concerns our moral sense and track record. The harm is becoming cold-hearted. But there is much more now.

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When the Turks slaughtered millions of Christians, no one protested. This convinced Hitler & Co. that mass-murdering the Jews was safe.

After populations agreed to the deportation of the Jews, the Nazis and their servants were able to persecute anyone in those countries.

Europe did not care a bit about the Muslim world trying to kill off all Israeli Jews or a civil war in Syria. Now it needs to deal with tons of Syrian Muslim refugees and the problems that were plaguing Israel.

After WW II, still many Jews lived in Europe. Now, two-three generations later, antisemitism has become so bad that it threatens to lose all Jews.

Europe didn’t care about Africa. Climate change makes Africans flee northward and now Europe has no choice but to care.

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Most privileged people didn’t care about the first groups infected with the AIDS-virus, even not when they died by the millions. By now, 34 million people have died from it, millions outside these groups.

When millions of Chinese died in strategically planned famines in China, no one objected. People ate anything that moved. Now, this habit to eat other animals than domesticated ones, is causing one global health scare after the other. It only takes one carnivore to get us a new animal bug.

Most people didn’t care that there was a country of 1,300 million people without freedom of the press or any democracy. The newest virus from China was therefore not fought for weeks. Drawing attention to the danger was deemed subversive. Still, little is known about the virus. It’s a nice first step to pray for them but how about removing their dictators?

The Chinese regime has not only private information on every individual Chinese citizen, but also mapped already almost half of all USers. And for your privacy, you were scared of Facebook, Google, and Amazon?

In the US, half a million are homeless. Who cares? But they could spread the newest coronavirus, make everyone sick, and have 10,000,000s die.

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That certain countries have millions starving for decades didn’t disturb many. Now, climate change threatens human survival. A major part of the problem is poor people who have no climate-safe alternatives. China is now selling coal-burning power plants to Africa.

Who could have thought that greed would make the super-rich ready to sell stuff that would get us all killed? Well, you better believe it.

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Who cared that gays were persecuted in Russia or that no Russian had all democratic rights? No one. And that emporium went on to use social media to rile up US voters and got its puppet in the White House.

You didn’t care that an amateur bully did the US foreign policy for a couple of years? Well, in just three years, the Chinese are moving into Africa, Russia is taking over the Middle East, and Iran and North Korea are closer to nuclear weapons. Dictators are dividing up the world making democracy and the human race the losers. You still don’t care?

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Many people didn’t try to stop others from eating junk, being addicted to passivity (TV), and taking in ‘accepted’ drugs (pain killers, coffee, tea, cigarettes, refined sugar) and insane amounts of food (meat). Now we have a majority of people who don’t eat, sleep, and feel well, don’t stand up when nature and the climate are abused, and who die too early.

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All people are in one boat. Anyone drills a hole in it, we could all drown.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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 strict vegan since 2008. 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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