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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Good wine needs no bush

When the wine is in the chap, the wisdom is in the jug—Dutch saying

The headline means: Distrust lavish praise. If it’s really so good, much acclaim is unnecessary. Much acclamation might hint it’s not that good.

The liver detoxifies the blood from the intestines before it flows into the general circulation. That is important because some gut bacteria make tiny amounts of alcohol (just like animals exude CO2), alcohol easily passes all bodily barriers, and then hampers proper brain function. Yet, the liver was not designed bearing in mind that people would drink alcohol.

The idolatry called democracy with its Idol of Freedom still tries to protect itself by obligating warnings on bottles of alcohol. The alcohol industry, with as poor a morality as the weapon industry, found a nice way around that one. It puts its bottles in boxes with ‘funny’ slogans making light of this major killer of brain power, road safety, mobility, and longevity.

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I found such a box and I will quote here its ‘wisdom.’

“I DRINK to make other people more interesting.” Never mind that tipsy people are the least interesting creatures on earth and all self-absorbed.

“I like to see the glass as half full, hopefully of XXX [let’s not promote any poison maker].” When your brain shuts down, this is probably funny.

“Reality is an ILLUSION created by a lack of ALCOHOL.” This is the truth upside-down since drinking alcohol is the ultimate general escapism.

“TO ALCOHOL! The cause of… and the solution of… all of life’s problems.” The profoundness seems geared towards befuddled minds. Do you drink because you have problems, or do you have problems because you drink?

“Everybody should believe in something, I believe I’ll have another drink…” The pun must be hilarious when your brain power has shut down to 3%.

Drinking alcohol is no fun. It does not help. It postpones dealing with problems and gives additional complications to handle.

Russian Jews should not drink vodka. Mizrachic Jews should not drink arak. German Jews should not drink beer. French Jews should not drink wine.

The safe amount of alcohol per year is 0 glasses. Even ignoramus Trump knows. His brother drank himself to death.

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When I was a medical student in the ’70s, our teachers had a novel idea: a multidisciplinary alcohol lecture series of two weeks: 4x5x2 lessons. Neurologists have as much to say about alcohol consumption as internists, psychiatrists, cardiologists, nutritionists, anatomists, etc. It was interesting.

You should know that, in the Netherlands, you are strange if you don’t drink alcohol every day. I noticed that each lecturer had his own norm for how much alcohol consumption is still OK and when it becomes a health problem. So, I started asking each of them after their contribution two questions. 1. Do you think the teachers’ norms of how much alcohol is still healthy are related to how much they drink themselves? And 2. If I may ask, how much do you drink? After the first day, when I raised my hand after each lecture, my colleagues started giggling already because they knew what was coming. It seemed that my idea was valid because the teachers who found 3 glasses too much drank 2 glasses. The ones who found 4 consumptions a day too much drank 3. But the final proof was the professor who answer me: I guess, from your question, you don’t drink.

My parents were socialists and being tipsy is as bad for the revolution as being opium addicted. But, because non-Jews drank so much, they taught us kids that not drinking alcohol is a proud way to resist assimilation.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. * 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 about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1600 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/. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, 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 who don't deserve that. 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), 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. * 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, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * 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. 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, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and 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. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to 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. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * 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, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. 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 being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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. 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 an original peek outside of your cultural bubble.
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