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

The Truth is …

I admit that most of my blog posts are very serious and maybe a bit heavy. Here, in honor of Tu beAv a light contribution.

Truth means different things to different people and may also depend on circumstance.

A constructive person: Anything that builds

An honest person: Anything factual

A pragmatist: Anything that helps me reach my goal

A con artist: Anything said by me that confuses others and gives me power or status; anything said by others that is factual

A psychopath: Anything I say

A schizophrenic: Any voice I hear

A natural scientists: Anything that is empiric

A philosopher: Anything that is consistent with other statements

A people pleaser: Anything that will not get me into trouble

A judge: Anything that is proven

A stubborn person: Anything I said before

An activist: Anything that keeps you angry

An academic: Anything that no one agrees with fully

A fish: Water

A greedy person: Anything that will bring in more cash

A therapist: Anything that makes people cry

G-d: My Seal

A daydreamer: Anything I wished were true

A news editor: Any news that sells

A humorist: Anything that brings a laugh

A blue-color worker: Anything that we can buy, build or take apart

A housewife: Anything that doesn’t need ironing

A hungry person: Bread

A Jew: Anything that enhances survival

A dead dodo: Yesterday’s news

A builder: Anything that is fundamental

A white-liar: Anything with a stretch

A sex addict: Anything

A fiction writer: Fiction

A homosexual: Marriage

A funk: Nothing

An accountant: Anything that adds up

A fool: Anything I say

A prisoner: Anything that will set you free

A slanderer: Anything they whisper

A bride: The veiled view

A painter: Anything unvarnished

A locksmith: Anything unlocked

A bartender: Anything with a twist

A torn person: Any shred

A telephone repair person: The ring of it

A nudist: Anything bare

A chemist: Any element of it

A vegan: Anything that had roots

A weather forecaster: My retrospect on yesterday’s weather

An optometrist: Any hindsight

A pessimist: Anything I told you so

An Orthodox Jew: Anything that never changes

An Israeli: Anything one may argue about

A dancer: Anything that jives

A couch potato: Anything that sticks

A carpenter: Anything with nails

An egotist: Me

A perfectionist: Anything that is whole

A liar: Anything that is relative

A hunger striker: Anything not cooked up

A maid: Anything not made up

A heterosexual: Anything straight

A traffic police: Anything goes

An average person: Anything simple

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 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 (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, 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. 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.