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

Open honest haters will be defeated

Because 14 years are missing from the chronology of the world, the rabbis conclude that Jacob went to the school of Shem and Ever before visiting Laban. Why? To learn Torah? No need since he’d been studying Torah all the time, under the guidance of his saintly father and grandfather. So why?

Rather, he needed to learn how to deal with evil people. But why? His own brother was wicked. Yes, but he was immoral secretly. Jacob needed to grasp how to interact with openly depraved people. But Shem witnessed the totally corrupt generation before the Flood. He could teach him.

Actually, most people around us that we may deem to be seriously morally lacking are actually hidden haters. They don’t say: we hate because we are bad people. No, they claim to hate all kinds of categories of people because they think or claim that the targets of their animosity are horrific creatures. They dedicate their lives to ridding the world of vermin.

Would it not be wonderful to see the return of openly nasty people? They should snub usage of anything invented by Jews, reject any philosophy first formulated by homosexuals, decline any contribution brought by women, etc. They would all die of terrible diseases and infighting and proudly so.

Farfetched? Maybe not. Hitler rejected all ‘deprived art’ and ‘Jewish science,’ and ‘un-German beliefs.’ This made all Jewish scientists flee, leaving him with a bunch of losers. And he was a hidden hater.

And in any case, hatred is a malignant growth that sits on the human mind and hampers all real closeness and cooperation. That’s why haters, in the end, will always give up or lose.

Only, we need to speed up our fight against cruelty to limit bloodshed. But we may do so optimistically. Goodness, love, creativity, and happiness will certainly be victorious. If we don’t go extinct from ruining the climate.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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 lehavdiel 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, GLBTQAI, 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 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. 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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