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

There must be 50 ways coronavirus home seclusion applauds frowned-upon behavior

Some of them could fail if you live with other people.

  • Staying home and seeing no-one. Introverts’ paradise!
  • Praying at home.
  • Picking your nose..
  • Being a couch potato.
  • Sitting in front of the TV all day.
  • Not seeking a job.
  • All the time, loudly wailing your favorite song(s) off-key.
  • Taking a nap whenever you want and however long you want.
  • No more to the barricades! Being a salon socialist.
  • Not wanting to see a therapist.
  • Nail-biting and eating without cutlery.
  • Showing big homophobia.
  • Not being interested beyond the people you live with (if any).
  • Not wanting to meet people from other countries.
  • Staying home during vacation time.
  • Not going to school/work for weeks on end and enjoying it.
  • Playing Sudoku all day.
  • No, no-one can use your phone.
  • Wallowing in bad feelings, being grumpy, having no patience.
  • Being on your phone all day.
  • Being on your PC all day.
  • Telling your spouse that you don’t want to see the world or travel.
  • Screaming at the news.
  • Being scared for your life.
  • Not putting out the garbage.
  • Refusing to go shopping.
  • Not sharing your food with anyone.
  • Not going out to vote.
  • Postponing for weeks to open bills and all other mail.
  • Binge-watching series including all 514 episodes of Peyton Place.
  • Having 10,000 virtual friends but no-one to go out/play with.
  • Learning in-depth a totally useless subject.
  • Being anti-social and dull.
  • Not getting your car/bike/doorbell/burglary alarm fixed.
  • Enjoying that no-one tells you how to raise your kids differently.
  • Not walking the dog.
  • Being in bed all day for the heck of it.
  • Not doing your hair, nails or makeup.
  • Postponing to shower.
  • Being in your pajamas all day.
  • Not wanting to go on a hike.
  • Loudly laughing about your own jokes and liking yourself a lot.
  • Ignoring the weather forecast or to change your seasonal clothes.
  • Not caring if you’d get a parking ticket or have your car towed.
  • Not caring that your place is not wheelchair-accessible.
  • Not lending anyone anything.
  • Not dating, not hooking up.
  • Not meeting new people.
  • Not meeting old people.
  • Having a totally irregular life, ignoring the clock.
  • Taking care of yourself first.
  • Refusing to follow coronavirus news.
  • Not believing in G^d and still being shomer megia.
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.
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