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

Intuition against self-promotion

Lately, I have noticed that too many people don’t just push new or excellent ideas. That their contribution seems rather aimed at enlarging support for themselves.

Politicians, artists, (con artists,) rabbis, you name them; they all seem to have their share of people seeking honor and attention.

Now, of course, without visibility, they would have a hard time bringing their ideas under the public. Self-promotion may be just a tool to promote and spread their ideas. But sometimes it seems the other way around. That ideas are just used to advance one’s name.

How to tell the difference? How can we know if someone brags about supposedly excellent ideas just to get famous, seeks the limelight just to spread good ideas or simply and humbly tries to help by contributing new ideas?

Intuition. That can tell us which is which.

Our inner voice may be drowned out by an adoration of powerful people or by dislike of certain personalities.

So let us be aware of these biases in order to bush them aside. So that we can ask ourselves: Who are just riding the waves of fame (assuming that their recognition makes them chosen representatives to speak for everyone – which it does not) and who try to better the world by promoting new ways to see things, unrelated to benefiting themselves.

For those who are not well-known, there is a second easy way to spot the self-promoters. Try to shake their hand, catch their eye. Is the King willing to glance at his subject or is he your servant, glad to be of assistance?

Integrity and generosity are not dead. They are though often not found the most in the niches of the rich and famous.

Let us promote and support shy people, humble people, generous people. Those are the leaders and models we need most. People who are not just in it for themselves.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Holocaust survivors in The Netherlands, 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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 writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Dutch Holocaust survivors. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. His fields of attention are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality), Medicine, Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQI, foreigners, and anyone else who's dehumanized and exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation) and Veganism. Many of his posts will relate to current affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or to new insights that suddenly befell him. He always tries to bring something original and to avoid boring you or wasting your time with the obvious. To send a personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click on Contact Me.