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

Thank G-d, the truth is still under assault

The worst state of the world would be when everything is considered true and nothing false. But, demagogues, manipulators, thieves, con artists, and liars still try to bend or hide reality. So, although hotly contested, truth is still recognized — at least by those who set out to violate it. And top liars try to get popular by calling honest people liars. It’s still a despised bunch.

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How was living as a Jew in modern Poland for you?

I really couldn’t complain.

Then, why did you leave?

I just told you: I really couldn’t complain.

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I was fired for telling a joke!

What?! What kind of joke?

I joked that Jews determine where the defense money in the US go.

Really?

Well, where is people’s sense of humor?!

What would you say if I joked that you’re a Nazi?

But that’s not funny.

Neither is funny what you ‘joked’ about Jews.

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The vast majority of the GOP Senators now acquitted Donald Trump from orchestrating, encouraging, and refusing to stop a murderous attack on the American Seat of Government. We all know that they lied. The only difference of opinion is if the lie was justified. What a scandal that his stupid foot soldiers are facing jail time and their boss goes free out.

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Burma, China, Russia, Iran block the Internet, social media, and the voice of the People. This is clearly because they want to stop the truth from being told. They don’t say: we want to stop lies from being spread.

Social media, on the other hand, try to stop the spread of fake news and conspiracy theories. Not because no one should know the truth. Rather, such falsehoods disturb the mind and society.

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No new laws are considered to stop people from giving away their money.

No stronger bars are put before jail windows to keep people out or in front of bank windows to stop people from filling other people’s safety boxes.

No political candidate or advertiser openly claims s/he has the best lies.

Only magicians could brag about having the best tricks.

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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