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

Marianne Williamson for US President!

Until today, I never heard of Marianne Williamson.  But one good clip told me all I needed to know.

I feel bad for rightwing America because it seems that Marianne Williamson has what it takes and many of her talking points are left of leftwing. But, and that’s what I want to emphasize, her main point is that measures and policy are not enough. We need to change on a deeper level for the world to improve. And that idea possibly could have come from a rightwing person too. Just, it didn’t.

Too many times, societal improvement has been tried while ignoring emotions and morality. Our (r)evolutions have been largely cosmetic. People need to change on the inside too in order for improvements to stay true to their initial ideals.

Still, she doesn’t hold of emotional change going instead of political action. For example, she tells us that the US owes the Black population repatriations for the slavery done to their ancestors. As long as that debt is not paid, racist society cannot be overcome and done away with.

I don’t want to help anyone get elected but I would love the US take the lead and open the floor to deeper arguments than just on the practical level. Maybe the US is the best country to do so, given its Hollywood and Facebook culture of fakeness and superficiality, and the present the best time to do so, given the moral bankruptcy of its present Presidency.

I am worried about one thing. As so many people persons who learned to give therapy, I don’t know if she knows the limit to that. There is no approach yet that could take care of really violent leaders who would just laugh at do goodies bringing them flowers. It won’t work with ruthless people like Hitler, Arafat or Putin. It would not work with violent mobs. I don’t know if she knows. She doesn’t talk much about her four Jewish grandparents or about Israel or Zionism. Does she understand that smiling at professional antisemites doesn’t work deep enough? I hope so. Maybe she had an abusive spouse – that could have taught her.

She may not succeed to become president. But at least, she should be credited for addressing these deeper aspects needed to improve the world for all and always. May that discussion never die down again.

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.
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