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

It’s new, it’s free, it’s not working!

The Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railway line is amazing. Probably. When it’s finished and working properly. Who’s so silly to waste their time trying to travel by faulty transportation? Not me!

The people who decided to open the line — only Jerusalem — Ben-Gurion airport — don’t they feel responsible for the crummy state of the expedition? No, they don’t. They ride in cars with drivers. They wouldn’t know what public transportation looks like.

Talking of which, there were so many complaints about the (not) functioning of the Jerusalem light railway that was decided to change the company “running” it. Well, we are half a year further and nothing has changed.

Talking of which, we were promised a bus company competing with Egged trying to improve bus transportation in the Capital. Guess what. Nothing.

We’re having elections in Jerusalem soon. No use to ask the candidates to give their opinion. At best they will promise. Promise but not do anything.

But we can complain. Day in day out. Until someone will take it seriously and stop the scandals. Just like the mobile telephone market was opened up to decent prices.

That’s democracy. Not that we can elect people who will improve things because most of them only see themselves.

But we keep complaining until one day, someone stands up and decides to do something useful for the public. Don’t hold your breath, though.

But to end on a positive note, the “tunnel road” (as everyone on the road calls it) from Jerusalem to Ephrat and many other places in liberated territory is getting a twin-brother. After years of talk, a five-year project has started to dig a second road through the hills and double the width and capacity of its bridge and road. It will give each direction two lanes. The tunnel boring machine (TBM) probably became available after finishing the tunnels of the new Jerusalem train track.

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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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.