Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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It may seem far-out, but I think that many people deep-down feel very optimistic

How to get to Paradise?

I can see clearly what Paradise for all on Earth could look like. I can see how we are slowly moving in that direction. But two things I don’t see.

One, when (hopefully soon) we can cure and heal any ailment, can we also stop ourselves from killing others, ourselves, and the planet?

Two, how to get there faster with most people joining in the effort?

People who easily get this come in groups. Young people. Pregnant women. Political activists. Not all of them or only them. But many.

What We Are Up Against

These are the things that stop many from joining this momentum:

  • So many people are preoccupied with survival that no time is left for thinking about and creating a better future.
  • After work, so many are so tired that they sink away into passivity: smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, watching TV.
  • The news bombards us with negativity (and fake positivity) to keep us hopeless and passive.
  • So many people have internalized the message that they don’t count, that they are not among the important people in the world.
  • So many of the rich feel worthless and fixated on staying rich (though it brings them no happiness), and the poor feel worthless and powerless.
  • So many philosophies tell us to settle because ‘this is what G^d wants,’ or ‘this is what (other) people/you are about.’
  • So many people who feel small don’t dare to act as leaders, and so many leaders are unfit because they feel superior to most people.
  • So many oppressions ensure we all feel socially underprivileged. And, we each contribute to many others feeling socially disadvantaged.
  • So many got convinced that they should ‘be free’ to hurt and ruin their lives, their health, their relationships, and their own possessions.
  • So much of our time we spend fantasizing instead of implementing. Dreaming is nice, but only when we try to realize our dreams.
  • Revolutions and movements for betterment always run out of steam because old problems resurface. Anticipating this, can’t we prevent it?
  • Lying big time is now so mainstream that understanding anything has become a challenge. We must surround ourselves with honest people.

We need to end our timidity, join forces for the good of all, and begin to win. From now on, to let no more time and opportunities go to waste.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He makes his readers laugh, and be mad, and think he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, 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 strict vegan since 2008. 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th blog post with the ToI. 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 a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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