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

Face coronavirus pandemic worst-case scenario

Prepare for the worst, hope, pray, and work for the best

Therapy experience shows that most people who refuse to acknowledge pending bad news don’t need to be scared. Their denial comes from being flooded with fear already. Rather, tell them that all will be OK and that panic is not needed and promise them that you personally will prevent any disaster — until they burst out in tears and exclaim: “You can’t!.”

We all need to talk about our worst fears. When we spell out what we’re scared of, our fears may turn out not as global as they felt in our silence.

What’s still realistic of a worst-case scenario may motivate us to try to prevent them, lessen them, prepare for them, and live with them.

We may have to mourn (the essence of disappointment) the rosy future we expected. It’s not the reality that is wrong but our expectations were.

Many people may lose their lives, their livelihood, their financial security, commit suicide (from a temporary panic – if they’d only know that it will get better, even if they don’t see light at the end of the tunnel now).

And after the pandemic is over, the corona infection may still continue (like malaria is still around) until working vaccinations or medications are found. (It took decades to find the medications for the AIDS-virus and a vaccine we still don’t have. 32 million people died from the HIV-infection.)

The financial crisis will hit the West hard but the ‘Third World’ even harder.

And all the problems from before the pandemic will still be there:
● Rich people being depressed, poor people starving to death.
● Dictatorships as China and Russia vying for world domination.
● Climate change about to wipe out all humans and little prevention.
● Most people passive in the face of greed, hatred, oppression.
● Much infighting instead of banding together to eradicate evil.
● People seeking entertainment instead of organizing to resist evil.

Let’s decide now to never give up on our dreams for Paradise on Earth or on contributing to realizing it, no matter what setbacks may come.

Let’s lead with empathy by example more and more by being generous, nice, honest, and pleased to be called upon to lead a meaningful life.

I dedicate this post to Israel’s first corona victim, Aryeh Even, who passed away this Friday night. So often, those who die to atone for all of us are the best of us. May his memory be for a blessing. May the L^rd of the Universe, Who calls us by His Name, have mercy on all people and stop this plague in its tracks still today, miraculously or naturally, as abruptly as it emerged.

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 (, 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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