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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Four clear, surprising, shocking ways that the West made a U-turn for the best

The shock lies in how bad it had been before

Let us realize what big changes are happening in front of our eyes.

  1. Refugees welcome

Jews before, during, and even after WW II were not welcome in most Western countries. Syrian, African refugees still.

Suddenly, Ukraine refugees are invited in with open arms.

It’s not clear if this is a truly new path or if future refugees are still not welcome without blue eyes and blond hair.

In any case, it’s shocking that they weren’t before.

  1. No to War Crimes

The world didn’t care much when Jews in Israel were attacked by terrorist regimes that used their own populations as human shields and glorified to murder and be killed, while claiming to be the true victims.

Genocides in Africa, China, Arabia, generally, have not excited the West.

Suddenly, when Russia commits one war crime after the other while claiming to defend itself and being the true victim, the West is incensed beyond measure. The perpetrators’ lies aren’t believed at all.

It’s unclear if this is a truly new path. Will future attacks on populations, fake denials, and playing victim lead to protection of the truly innocent?

In any case, it’s shocking that this wasn’t the case previously.

  1. The Owning Class Must Pay

Democracy, voting rights for Blacks, poor people, and women came late. But it was tolerated by the super-rich because corruption and their lobbying made sure that their interests stayed guaranteed.

Suddenly, Russian oligarchs are attacked financially as the invisible but real powers behind the powerful rulers.

It’s unclear if this means that the old taboo is broken. Will, in the future, the boundless enrichment of the super-rich become fair to keep in check?

In any case, it’s shocking that, earlier, this wasn’t the case.

  1. Murder Matters

Nobody likes to be confronted by death. But so many die unnecessarily without anyone doing anything about it. Almost a billion people lack the means to proper food every day, but for decades already, nothing is done.

Suddenly, the TV brings Ukrainian civilians, innocent like us, killed for nothing into our houses. We watch in horror. The George Floyd effect?

It’s unclear if this means that human life now suddenly counts. Will mass murder, by bullets or neglect, finally be recognized as the greatest evil?

In any case, it’s shocking that until now, this wasn’t the case.

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. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He 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 1500 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, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ 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. * 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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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. 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