Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews -- For those who like their news and truths frank and sharp

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
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 1400 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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