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

Their only motive is to make money

You could think that the pharmaceutical industry creates legal drugs to fight for people’s health. Sorry to tell you that they only produce them to get rich. And that they don’t care how many people they will cripple and kill in the process.

Some people still seem to think that the tobacco industry creates smokes to help people enjoy a moment of relaxation. Sorry to tell you that they only produce them to get rich. And that they don’t care how many people they will cripple and kill in the process.

Do you really think that the producers of alcoholic drinks just want to help people have a quality good time? Sorry to tell you that they only produce them to get rich. And that they don’t care how many people they will cripple and kill in the process.

You could believe that the pharmaceutical industry creates legal drugs to fight for people’s health. Sorry to tell you that they only produce them to get rich. And that they don’t care how many people they will cripple and kill in the process.

We are led to think that the junk food industry creates junk food to make people happy. Sorry to tell you that they only produce them to get rich. And that they don’t care how many people they will cripple and kill in the process.

Too many still think that the bio-industry creates animal-based foods to feed people the best food. Sorry to tell you that they only produce them to get rich. And that they don’t care how many people they will cripple and kill in the process.

You could assume that the health industry wants to save us from death. Sorry to tell you that they only practice on us to be ready to save the rich and famous. And that they don’t care how many people they will cripple and kill in the process.

You might think that the entertainment industry wants to save us from boredom. Sorry to tell you that they only produce to pacify you and help the rich keep their wealth. And that they don’t care how many people they will cripple and kill in the process.

You can think that lawmakers want to uphold justice, truth, and freedom. Sorry to tell you that they only legislate to make capitalism look remotely just. And that they don’t care how many people they will cripple and kill in the process.

Maybe you also hope that the clergy is out to strengthen ethics in the world. Sorry to tell you that they generally have no clue and just try to promote their own religion. And that they don’t care how many people they will cripple and kill in the process.

And you may be confident that teachers are dedicated to informing us. Sorry to tell you that they generally just want everyone to follow them. And that they don’t care how many people they will cripple and kill in the process.

But, in many professions, you may find idealists who really care.

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 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.
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