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

Reading About Allies and Other Ways to make for Good Empowering News

Are you also sick of people fighting and arguing? How about people who argue for others as allies?

A Christian arguing for Zionist Jews: Don’t waste your breath on deniers

Palestinian Arab doesn’t blame the Jews: Palestinian refugee proclaims: “UNRWA is corrupt”

The US Population likes Jews: POLL: JEWS ARE BEST-LIKED RELIGIOUS GROUP IN US

White Jew, without racist undertones, points out how Arab Palestinian culture needs to change: Jewish Settler Speaks About Arab culture… in Arabic

Ethiopians help Israel: ETHIOPIAN IMMIGRANTS AIM TO BRING TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURE TO ISRAEL

Israelis help Ethiopia: ISRAELI FIRM TO BUILD SECOND SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT IN ETHIOPIA

Arab Christian speaks about Israel: Watch: Arab Christian defends Israel

Mideast Arab praises Israel: Watch: Arab TV host praises Israeli prison system

US Muslims want US Jews to feel safe: BDS activist raises $56,000 for vandalized Jewish cemetery, and: Muslim campaign raises over $115,000 for vandalized Jewish cemetery

NY GOVERNOR UNVEILS NEW PLAN TO FIGHT ANTISEMITISM AND HATE CRIMES

Former white supremacists help others leave hate groups

A Goy who loves Israeli Jews: A Bulgarian love affair with Israel

So: don’t tell me that all the news is just about strive, war and polarization and therefore depressing. Reading about people who fight for someone else is most uplifting!

Yes, the news can make us down, but we have an alternative besides ignoring the news. The latter option only works until the news has come unopposed to our doorstep and then it’s a bit late to seek information and spring into action.

Get the news in a way that doesn’t’ alarm you so much that you get sick or hopeless from it. How?

  • Do not watch the news. The retina is part of the brain. Things we see intrude on our nervous system in a deep way – also when we do not want that to happen.
  • Do not listen to the news. Reporters can only keep their job by shouting sound bites and exciting the public. You do not need the upheaval.
  • Read the news. Read more analysis by people who give an empowering bigger picture than the bare facts. When you got the basic facts (true or not), skip the rest.
  • Skip gruesome pictures. You need information, not sensation.
  • Skip the reruns. You have a good memory and do not need to be flooded with unnecessary words and emotions.
  • Skip the obvious non-informative news like: Nazi admits to hate Jews; Europe is getting unsafer for Jews. But do read the opposites, the surprises: How Nazi became an ally to Jews; Jews feel nowhere as safe as in Germany.
  • Reserve some time in your weekly calendar for activism. Do not read junk to escape reality. Reality needs you too to take care of it.
  • Read about things that go well or in the right direction.
  • Read obituaries and in memoriams that encourage you to make the most of your life.
  • Read progress in Medicine and Science.
  • Let your feelings flow. Cry when you want to, laugh when you need to, find someone who would love to listen to your upsets with as only concern your well being, or write about your feelings, to get it off your chest.
  • Don’t believe anything you read. Be cautioned by it but only believe what you know, heard or saw yourself – and not even that. Try to go to the source. If you have time, see a news conference or speech, rather than believing journalists reporting it.
About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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, 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. * 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. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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