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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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May he live in peace

A plea to add a right of freedom from danger

When people passed away, we’re quick to say: “May she rest in peace.” But, how about the living?

Human and democratic rights are not common good around the globe, yet. Still, I want to add a right. And violation of that right might have something to do with the lack of freedom for billions of people.

This “new” general right I want to proclaim is mentioned in the Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I’m talking about freedom from fear, or, to put it positively: a Right to Safety.

Better still, we should call it the Right to Freedom of Threat.

In the very text of this Declaration, no fear or safety is mentioned. I also don’t know of any democracy that enshrined this in its laws. I think it’s high time to push safety as a basic human right.

The right of us all, including children and women, Blacks and Jews, Gays and Transgenders, the frail and sick, to walk the street free from threat.

So far, the lack of safety seems to be taken by many as if unsafety is given by natural law, an immutable part of life. No more!

No stronger an enemy than an idea whose time has come. I don’t think that we must work like crazy to raise awareness of the importance of this new right or to implement it. Its idea should be readily accepted.

In all democracies, where all of humanity should live soon, it should be enshrined in laws and public awareness that all have the inalienable right to freedom from any unlawful threat.

Not that when we start to worry, our rights are violated. But we should have a right to help, so we don’t need to worry.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to life.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to dignity.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to health.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to support.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to freedom.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to safety.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to respect.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to equality.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to peace of mind.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to information.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to work safety.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to be settled.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to our assets.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to clean air.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to nutrition.

The right to freedom from an unlawful threat of danger to water.

The right to freedom from any threat to our peace of mind.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. 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 what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1500 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: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, 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 when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) 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 - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * 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. When he can, 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, for Zionism, Intersectionality, 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. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his 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, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * 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, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. 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 a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * 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. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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