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

Trump, the power of lying and his loneliness, and how to go from here

Mazal tov! Trump is the greatest ever, in some aspects. The stats are in: President Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims so far and counting.

Trump has been accused a lot of varying on the truth and boy does he deserve so!

It is very hard to unpack statements by con artists because every sentence can contain so many untruths, but the Washington Post’s The Fact Checker is doing a beautiful job keeping track and informing us.

Lying has always been a bad habit in politics the world over and has often spoiled or chased away people who kept any integrity from birth. Politicians and lawyers have a particularly bad name when it comes to honesty (“Read my lips“), but Trump has really caricatured it.

However, on a positive note: Lying can be of great value when you’re dealing with an evil opponent, as shows Bibi Netanyahu. Nevertheless, it becomes problematic when one lies habitually to everyone around.

The largest problem is the resulting great isolation that constant lying brings with it because every lie destroys closeness until there is none left. The tremendous self-inflicted loneliness of Trump is greatly overlooked when assessing what makes him tick (go off, really) – as I mentioned before: Lonely Trump the chatterbox — missing Macron.

And for him personally, there is no way out. Since words have lost all meaning to him and as a chronic liar he can’t trust anyone, the wonders of therapy are inaccessible to him. (Theoretically, even a life-long con artist can repent, but as the Biblical story of Pharaoh shows: a too long adherence to wickedness removes the ability to a change of heart.)

For the US, the challenge is clear: Stop valuing pretense: fake Hollywood, fake smiles, fake tolerance, fake honesty, fake closeness and caring, fake humbleness, fake generosity, etc. – and truth in politics will emerge.

And no, this has nothing to do with living in post-truth times. Fakeness in the US has been in place ever since modernity, because its culture somehow didn’t want to face reality. An example is the first hoover ads: these machines would make you happy. (The US is obsessed with happiness — it’s in its Constitution.) In the Netherlands they could never sell a vacuum cleaner on anything but that it would vacuum well! And now its population takes more therapy, anti-depressants and hard drugs than any other in the world, and still has a high suicide rate.

The next candidates who are for real will win all of the working class – they are waiting so long for a representative who is not phony. Choosing Trump was a mistake. They thought to support someone who truthfully professed to hate false politicians. They’ll be more careful next time.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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