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

G-d’s earthquakes? Fault the faulty, not the fault line

Many people are quick to credit Nature with birth but G^d with death.

When an earthquake in China killed scores of schoolchildren, many questioned G^d’s Goodness, and few blamed it on callousness of architects and builders who for sheer profit had violated safety norms for school buildings or on China’s lack of democracy which always results on protection of the powerful who get away with anything they would end up in jail for in democracies.

Experts claim that the many small tremors from the last weeks must foretell us that the Big One is coming. I say the opposite: the small shudders release the tension and postpone having the one that seems to ravage destruction in the Holy Land once every century or so. These quavers also are beneficial in that they have finally put the danger on the public’s agenda.

It’s clear how to prevent injury from earthquakes: strengthen inferior buildings – a known “first priority” that’s not been taken. How to make sure it will be?

Know that everyone in Israel is overworked and everyone is very good at complaining. Listening to every complainant is impossible. So what gets priority? 1. Situations of people who must be helped and who are not just kvetching. 2. Situations where not helping could be blamed on you.

And that is the solution. Make a law to make liable to punishment anyone who constructed or maintained buildings that hurt or killed anyone through an earthquake.

People got killed by your building – face manslaughter charges.

People got wounded by your building – face charges for damages.

This is a simple way to make architects, builders and house and school owners go strengthen their flimsy constructions.

Tell parliamentarians, ministers and civil servants who don’t bring such a law on the books quickly enough, too can be charged with the casualties.

That should help.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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