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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Ten ways for humanity to finally go extinct?

Historians of the prehistory explain that several times humans almost went into extinction. Actually, only homo sapience sapience survived – many of our cousin races actually went extinct. I mention this for those who assume that we don’t need to work for survival because humans are inherently invincible – not so.

Yet, burying one’s head in the sand, often comes from despair. So, we also need to say: Now we’ve come so far, why not try to make it? Actually, we are well on our way to reach or get close to physical immortality: ending infections, ending cancer, stopping and reversing aging will do a lot.

But it won’t help if we don’t end our greatest problem: killing  ourselves (drugs, refusing to cry when we need to) and each other (anger, greed).

There are many ways we could go the way of the dodo:

1. Nuclear war. Recently, the nuclear arms race got new momentum. Some people would rather earn tons of money selling weapons that get us all killed than work for global peace. Hard to believe? You better wake up to reality or you can’t fight it. Promise your loved ones you will lock arms (pun not intended) with so many people on this that we will win this.

2. Pandemic. Some novel stupid virus that would kill so many that the survivors succumb too. Can’t happen? As long as some people eat any animal that moves, it really could happen. See my recent vlog.

3. Climate. Is our climate already so far out of whack that we will all die in giant floods, fires, droughts, famines, etc.? Let’s wait, see, and fight.

4. Pollution. We have polluted everything so much that it is questionable if we can still survive. Micro-particles of plastic are everywhere, including in our bodies. If you know how to pray, please ask that this will not kill us all.

5. Hunger. When enough people starve (or don’t have proper healthcare), society and international relationships would disintegrate and we’d all die.

6. Dictatorships. Widespread corruption and a lack of checks and balances rob responsible people of the ability to create paradise here for everyone.

7. War. Conventional wars and WW III are still possible when masses of people get incited and aroused to hate, attack, kill and get killed (for the financial benefit of the super-rich).

8. Worldview. There are atheists and monotheists who are convinced that apocalypse must precede redemption and therefore will not promote world peace but rather stand by or even promote total destruction.

9. Death. Individual death so far doesn’t end humanity but does kill all of us one by one continuously. Every single human being urgently needs to learn and apply how to deal with personal distress: here, here and here.

10. Combinations. Most of the above disasters combine very finely with most of the other catastrophes and even enhance them.

Mission Impossible? Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It Is To:

● Get information to know what to fight for and against.
● Practice being so brave that you don’t fold when you need to fight.
● Destroy your TV before your passivity helps destroy our survival.
● Cooperate with enough people to stop all destruction.
● Force all politicians to do what the population wants.
● Cooperate, don’t oppress, exploit, manipulate or dictate.
● You must set out to win, not just to protest.

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. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM 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 2000 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 too, 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. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * 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. * His newest books you may find here: https://www.amazon.com/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3AMoshe-Mordechai%2FMaurits+van+Zuiden&s=relevancerank&text=Moshe-Mordechai%2FMaurits+van+Zuiden&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1
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