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

Unity as the new normal?

For life after corona, a positive note among the piles of human recipes for disasters.

Once the corona pandemic is done, what’s next?

The Sages say that the greatest thing is peace. I assume they mean: a total lack of animosity. But there is a better representative of that. Unity.

When the acute pandemic threat to human society has passed, we will be back with the problems we had before:

● State terrorism, war, nuclear war
● Climate instability threatening even human survival
● Poor people literally starving, richer people being very depressed.

The common problem: humans. We are the ones who make us suffer.

Maybe coronavirus pandemic awareness (CPA) could help us a bit?

Suddenly, many realized that we’re all in this together. That it’s not us against them, them against us and them against them. It’s us.

Suddenly Zionist Jews realize that sick Muslims can endanger everyone. Suddenly anti-Zionist Muslims realize that they need the Zionist Jews.

The virus, an equal opportunity microbe, makes us all aware that every person counts and the evil of chauvinism, nationalism, and isolationism.

Now, when we caught only a little cold, we often feel bad. Immediately, we realize how important is health and how dear feeling good. But right after we recover, we forget all about that. We eat junk food again, refuse to exercise, and run after vanity, trivial vain fake priorities all day long.

So many couples are now locked into one home. Many are trying to make the best of it. That’s easy, relatively, when you’re dependant on each other. The real test comes when they are allowed out and about again. Will they continue to celebrate their new-found closeness? Or will they breathe a sigh of relief, run for the hills, and divorce?

How could we still be able to hold on to our CPA? Maybe by deciding now, when it’s still dark, to hold on to this? Now, before all’s over and forgotten. Decide to always remember that only unity will save and give us Paradise.

I know that there is a bunch of truly mean players out there whom we should not unify with. Those we must disempower. We also can’t allow for any craze of the masses, men raping women, Gentiles holding another pogrom, etc. But the vast majority of people is so ready to unite as we are.

Things that help to envision, make, and maintain unity:

● Empathy. “They” are not so different from us. Dear to love deeper.
● I can bear discomfort.
● Choosing to be happy without cause.
● More women leaders everywhere.
● Standing up for others, for everyone.
● Allowing everybody to be heard. Everybody.
● Humbleness. (To praise G^d to feel how small we are.)
● Stopping all lying, also by and to ourselves.
● Knowing that we only feel bad because we make us feel bad in order to discharge long-overdue tears, not because others make us.
● Crying.
● Giving.
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You could also call it the Yang Vibe, after Andrew Yang.

Past Democratic hopeful for 2020, he was so well focused on finding solutions that would work for all (and not on mowing down ‘the enemy’) that the Trump White House asked his help to sort out the corona financial crisis and within days, they adopted his Universal Basic Income ($1,000 per month cash in the hands of everyone).

Who would have still thought that Yang would win 2020?

Or would we rather wait to unite until we need to look Death in the eyes again? With our climate indifference, that could be very soon. But then, it could be too late already for humans to survive at all.

Decide today (anew) to unite with everyone.

Splitting up to unite more deeply

I learned from my teacher Harvey Jackins that groups can split up to unite later more deeply and meaningfully. For many people, it’s hard to split up. But it should be easier if the goal is not to divide but to unite better later.

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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