Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The awakening to a role for the wealthy to save the world from climate disaster

Good news. Better late than never. More and more of the super-rich are awakening to playing a role in saving the world from climate disaster.

Class society believes, so to speak, that the lives of a few are more important than those of the rest. And sometimes, the under-dogs have said the opposite, that we should just do away with these snobs.

However, the economically comfortable can be of use. They could take their humble place amidst the rest of us and use their privilege in supporting working-class leadership and supplying confidence.

It is kind of hysterical to see rich people conclave even for the good of all, as if they could succeed without close association with the working class.

In any case, the Prince of Whales has now revealed a Plan to talk to the well-off about what is clear to many of the have-nots: we must recalculate. The course, we’re at is a dead-end, in every sense of the word.

Of course, it is fascinating that humans must stop hurting the environment and nature for our own physical survival, stop hurting animals for our moral survival, and as a result, would begin to grasp that it’s not fitting us to hurt our fellow human being for our comfort and selfishness.


For all clarity, we’re not talking about just cleaning the air, water, land, and oceans or milder weather. At stake is the survival of all life including humans. While the fear of nuclear holocaust, 60 years ago, made the world choose life and return from the brink of extinction, no such consensus is now among the world’s leaders and richest. For lust for power and money, many a tycoon is still having us all march to the abyss to himself be the greatest among the dead. In that scenario, history will never record that stupidity, because history would have stopped being recorded.

My teacher Harvey Jackins used to say: Maybe a few microbes would survive and through the process of evolution in a few billion years, recreate intelligent life (not all would be lost after all) but what a waste.

Terror and Optimism

We need both. If we’re too terrified or pessimistic, we won’t even try or certainly can’t convince the world’s vast majority to go for survival. But if we’re too optimistic, we won’t take decisive life-saving actions either.

The same for leadership and fellowship. We need to all stand up as leaders, taking responsibility for more than just our own narrow interests. On the other hand, we must make sure that we don’t compete with all others but rather choose cooperation and obedience for the good of all.

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, 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: 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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