Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Leaders are often morally inferior to those they lead

Beware most of those who claim to be honest. No examples to follow here!

Politics and Economists. Residents often have no clue how much their leaders lie. This, especially among intellectuals conditioned to reason detached from reality (“abstract thinking”). Manual laborers and women are often harder to fool. In dictatorships without a free press, the charade will be worse. But, don’t misjudge how much in full democracies they are fooling the public with backroom deals rooted in bribes and nepotism.

Law. Most people are law-abiding. Most leaders are not. They feel entitled. Besides, forget about any connection between justice and law. Study the history of the powers that be to understand whom laws try to protect.

Religion and Creed. Their scriptures likely are ideologically and righteously top of the bill. Yet, many leaders use elbow grease and an old-boys network and are highly motivated by an appetite for extra food, sex, and money. The religious are often pure and honest. The leaders often are not.

Arts and Science. People may be great artists and scientists. That does not guarantee at all any moral superiority. In extreme cases, instead of saying: hate the sin, love the sinner, I would say: love the art, hate the artist.

TV and Internet. Stop believing virtual hype and propaganda. Idols are for idolatry. Even (or: especially) great ‘saints’ often have very large closets to fit in all the skeletons and all the cakes they wanted to have and eat.

Police. Leaders of those paid to root out injustice and theft unfortunately are not above suspicion. A free press must follow them closely.

Press. Journalists are often honest and idealistic. Their bosses often are not. They censor until the message confirms their political leanings.

Parents. Every one of them an amateur. Some of us natural talents. Most of us know only what we did wrong by the time we turn grandparents. Yet, my father used to say: ‘Most children turn out fine despite their parents.’ If you are honest and alone raise a child, you add an always reliable person.

Most suspect the most charming/praised. Good wine doesn’t need laurels.

To each of these rules are exceptions—confirming them. But they are most rare. The Sages warn: The greater the Soul, the greater the body.

Stop being so naïve. If you really want to attach yourself to a fit, great role model, best try with G^d. Contrary to popular opinion, He can’t be bribed.

In honor of my new grand-daughter Tovah-Aviva and her parents.

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 1550 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: * 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 (, 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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