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

Get the news, reject the drama

Dramatic news sells but it shouldn’t sell to you. When you don’t chase the drama and you don’t let the drama chase you, you’ll live more calmly and probably also longer (or at least, it will seem longer — just kidding).

You follow the news because you want to know what is going on because, without that knowledge, politicians and their works may seriously harm your health. And without it, you also couldn’t help repair the world, even on a smaller scale. But who needs the drama? We each already have our internal drive to dramatize. We have each our favorite issues that make us emotional and push our own buttons regularly in the hope to work through our past traumas. Why let also others push your buttons?

I try not to. Just like I try to avoid aggressive people, I avoid news shocks.

We only like gossip as long as we don’t really realize how destructive it is. We might like making up stories as long as we don’t realize how any lack of truth pushes our listeners away from us and isolates us. We may like dramatic stories only as long as we don’t realize how they rob from us having a calm life.

This is what I avoid when following the news:

Social media (this is incarnated drama)
Video clips with drama (WATCH how s/he/they died stuff)
Any TV news (the visual much too deeply penetrates the brain)
Radio news and commentary (who needs these emotional voices?)
Politicians slandering other ones, especially in election time (because it adds no information; you know that they play hate each other)
‘News’ that has no news (antisemite says s/he hates Israel — is known)
Anything that seems fake news (only the truth will set us free)
[Stories about sex crimes (I do read them because I had and gave so much therapy about sex that violence around sex doesn’t upset me and someone should read that stuff — but not you)].

I do follow all the political satire and comedy there is (except bitter ones).

You may accidentally get some drama on the way through media land — don’t get too upset about it or about braking your ‘abstinence.’

At first, this diet may be like starting to eat less salty after having become addicted. In the beginning, nothing tastes as it should anymore. But just as you got used to too much, you can get used to living on less. Less is more.

Try it. It’ll save you time and your soul. You’ll never look back.

For highlights from a wide variety of sources, all over the political spectrum, I carefully select what to read from a 24-hour English news feed from Israel here. Plus comedy and satire. Choose life. Lechayim.

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. * 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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