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

Two types of people are responsible for the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is carried by two groups of people. One group can’t help it while the other supposedly could help themselves.

First, there are the super-spreaders. They can infect hundreds of people in a short time span. Often, they don’t know that they got the virus and certainly, they don’t know that they are extra contagious. In fact, doctors still don’t know why some are super-spreaders.

However, we’re not powerless against this. If we limit the number of people that congregate, in schools, workplaces, for entertainment, we disable super-spreading.

The second group is misbehaving consciously. They act badly deliberately and are harder to correct or disempower. They are largely unaware of the evil of their refusal to comply. These are the “Nobody tells me what I can do and can’t do.” All kinds of groups belong under this umbrella.

  • Rightwing Americans. I believe in small government. The authorities are here to serve us, not to rule over us. We reject kings over us.
  • Muslim, Chareidic, and non-religious Israelis, Democratic Americans in Republican States and the opposite. This government is formed by people who believe in norms different from mine. Whenever I have a chance, I’ll disobey. They’re the enemy. I have my own brain.
  • The government is the instrument of the rich to keep us oppressed. Whenever I have a chance, I’ll disobey. They’re the tyranny.
  • Fundamentalist Christians. My faith tells me to only obey G-d. (Never mind that G-d tells you to listen to the physicians.) If G-d wants me to fall sick, no one can prevent that. If He wants me to heal or die, it’s up to Him, not me. (It is also up to Him if the doctor is going to succeed or not but you first need to go to him.)

The president of the Philippines found a nice ‘solution’ for this. He threatened that anyone violating lockdown would get a bullet in his or her head. Problem solved.

Meanwhile, most deaths are in two types of countries. Those with people who take all the liberties they can (see above). And countries whose authorities don’t care for/about the population. “People die, so what?” The latter can be oligarchies (dictatorships) and capitalist entities!

Governments also are deadly if only part of them are careless (the US President) or care doesn’t extend to part of the people (the homeless).

In psychiatry, they used to teach: insight is half the cure. So, I decided to write down and publish this in the hope to contribute to needed changes to stop the pandemic and cut down unnecessary suffering and dying.

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, 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. * 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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