• Hunger In Children Has To End!

    With "austerity" programs inflicting suffering on people all over Europe and beyond, I think every person should read the following passionate sentences, to get more of an idea of what we are talking about when we say "austerity". They are by the Chairman of Education, Ellen Reiss, and I've quoted them before:

    "Among the effects of unemployment . . . is hunger, including the hunger of children across the land who cannot get the food their little stomachs need because their jobless parents are unable to purchase it. And there is this effect: every person who wants a job and cannot get one, feels a certain way. When a person sends off a resume [CV] and gets no response or is turned down; or goes for a job interview, then learns he has been passed over; or, after working someplace for years, is told his services are no longer needed, there is tremendous feeling. Millions of people are being made to feel that they cannot be of use, that America does not need what they can do. That feeling is horrible. And it comes from a lie."

    --From Jobs, Feelings, & Philosophy, issue #1826 of the journal The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known

    Child Hunger in UK

    As British leaders embrace austerity (though hardly suffering themselves), everyone should be aware of how this will affect society as a whole and those individuals, like the children Ellen Reiss is writing of; the 99% who are seen simply as fodder for the profit-machine. Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism, did say 45 years ago, in 1970, that such a system of economics could not endure because deeply people cannot stand it. What we are yearning for is a system of economics that is based on good will. Good will, the real thing, not some soupy, soft, unbelieved-in mush, is what Aesthetic Realism teaches and what the world needs. In fact, Mr. Siegel said that good will is the most suppressed emotion of all. That is very hopeful, and I've seen very much evidence that it is true. The victory of Syriza in Greece, the election in Delhi, the outpouring of support for people who represent kindness and consideration for those who are NOT billionaires, are part of what Aesthetic Realism sees as the "force of ethics" working in the world. Whatever happens in 2015, ethics is on the march and cannot be stopped.

  • An Aesthetic Realism Discussion of Sargent's "Madame X"

    There is a thrilling Aesthetic Realism discussion by Lynette Abel, about a portrait I've admired for a long time. Titled Sargent's "Madame X"; or, Assertion and Retreat In Woman., it can have every man deeper and more thoughtful about a woman, how she sees; her questions to herself.
    Madame X
    This is also a perceptive and revealing critical analysis of a famous and loved portrait. As I read and think about this, I have more respect for women, for art, and for John Singer Sargent, the American artist who painted "Madame X".

    This talk is a good opportunity to see what Aesthetic Realism is. It is education of the widest kind, about everything from art to mathematics, from history to science to poetry to music and the lives of individual people of today and yesterday. But that's too much respect for some people apparently, and consequently there are lies about it on the Internet. I passionately object to these falsehoods, which are calculated to scare people away and prevent them from seeing Aesthetic Realism for what it simply is: an exciting, critical, thought-provoking education of the highest class. As a friend of mine said recently, "Aesthetic Realism is FUN!" You can read more about the reason for the attacks at Countering the Lies.

    I think we were born to have more respect for and greater feeling and knowledge about the world, including the people in it. That's why I'm grateful and proud to be studying Aesthetic Realism. I'm learning how to be a better and more fulfilled human being! And, yes, this is a study based on principles such as this one by Eli Siegel that Ms. Abel quotes in her talk: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."

  • Aesthetic Realism, De Gaulle, & Our Debate About More or Less Feeling

    I've just read a terrific web article titled "The Debate in Every Person: to Have More Feeling or Less?" It's by writer and Aesthetic Realism Associate, Michael Palmer. He takes up and makes vivid this contest in self which we all have but mostly aren't aware of.

    He also writes about the important international figure of the 20th Century, General Charles De Gaulle.

    De Gaulle

    The article is profoundly moving as the author interweaves descriptions of his own early life; what he learned from Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism and from the Chairman of Education, Ellen Reiss; scholarly historical references to the life and emotions of General De Gaulle; and the history of his beloved country, France.

    DG at Arc de Triomphe

    I remember back in the 1960's that my sister's French penfriend was fiercely devoted to De Gaulle, and I remember the friction this caused in my family. How could she love this person who seemed to be so against what Britain wanted? Reading Michael Palmer had me understand Sylvie, myself, De Gaulle, and the nation that is one of my absolute favourites in the world -- La France!

    France

  • Aesthetic Realism on Art and Life

    What if there were a way of relating all the arts in a deep and true way? And of learning from poetry, singing, acting, painting, and others how to have a happy life?

    Well, there is, and at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation that is what is taught, in the most exciting, intellectually-satisfying classes I've ever attended. I have taken a great number of classes in my life, and I know what I'm talking about here.

    In Self and World, Eli Siegel, poet, philosopher, and founder of Aesthetic Realism writes:

    "There is no limit to how art can be used to make life more sensible. To see art as making life more sensible it is first required of one that he respect art, know what it is, not make it less than it is."

    Respect for art is exactly what Aesthetic Realism has, and every class taught with this basis is a testament to that fact.

    You can find out about this new way of seeing:

    --New York City landmarks -- their beauty and importance, by Aesthetic Realism consultants Faith and John Stern

    The High Line in NYC

    --Poetry, with classes taught by the Chairman of Education, Ellen Reiss

    -- Acting -- with links to papers on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Ophelia, and “I Believe This about Acting,” by Anne Fielding, actress, consultant, and Director of the esteemed Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company.

    Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company

    -- Papers on the visual arts and architecture:

    "Art Opposes Injustice: Picasso's Guernica -- For Life," by artist and consultant Dorothy Koppelman

    Guernica

    “Gerrit Rietveld's Red and Blue Chair & What I Learned about Rest and Motion in Myself” by architect Anthony Romeo.

    Rietveld Red and Blue Chair

    -- Music, including jazz, classical and more – how does music put together opposites? Why does a particular instance of music move us so deeply? Find out here!

    -- Photography Len Bernstein and others on what makes a photograph good or great?

    Bernstein Woman Exiting Subway Station

    -- Anthropology, including the groundbreaking work of Dr. Arnold Perey

    Gwe by Arnold Perey

    Here are many links to other writings and commentaries.

    Aesthetic Realism Can End Racism -- the name speaks for itself, and how important this fact is at this time.

    AND MORE!

  • The NHS, Ethics, and Aesthetic Realism

    NHS strike
    There was a four-hour strike today by NHS workers in the UK. These are the people who care for the sick, perform often back-breaking work in hospitals, bring babies into the world safely, respond to 999 calls, save lives every day in emergency wards, visit the homes of the elderly to see they are OK! The government has pushed them to the edge with its rejection of even the paltry board-recommended 1% pay increase. And this while MP's complacently grant themselves 11%!
    0% 11%

    It's not only the pay; over recent years the NHS has been drastically underfunded while at the same time millions have being funneled to private corporations whose prime interest is profits for shareholders, not patient care. This is barbaric! The state of mind impelling this is described to a t by Eli Siegel: "The greatest danger or temptation of man is to get a false importance or glory from the lessening of things not himself; which lessening is Contempt." Contempt, I've learned from Aesthetic Realism, is the basis of profit economics. Contempt is what has a person decimate vital services, endangering the lives of millions of people, so that they and their wealthy families and friends can profit financially -- all the while calling it "efficiency," "cost-cutting," "modernization" and the like.

    NHS Children's Hospital closed

    Meanwhile, all over the country groups have sprung up representing regions, counties, cities, and individual hospitals and clinics, galvanizing support for the NHS. Marches organized by the Darlo Mums and others have shown and added to the love that Britons have for the NHS. They represent what Aesthetic Realism has shown is the force of ethics working in people and reality.

    Darlo Mums rally in Trafalgar Square

    In the lectures he gave in 1970 and later, scholarly, passionate analyses of economics and people's lives, (with evidence from history, literature, current events, and much more) Eli Siegel said this, which I love: "Ethics is a force like electricity, steam, the atom -- and will have its way."

    There are many moving, passionate tributes to the NHS on Youtube, such as this one of a flash choir singing thanks to the NHS.

    Dismantling the NHS is a crime, a return to the Dark Ages, and people will suffer and die so that a few others can reap profits from their need for health care. I've lived with for-profit health care for over thirty years and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. It is not civilized. AND it is not good enough for people, for what people are and deserve. Eli Siegel said "There will be no economic recovery until economics itself, the making of money, the having of jobs, becomes ethical; is based on good will rather than on the ill will which has been predominant for centuries." (Reprinted in "The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known" #1519, "Self, Ethics, and Oil")

    This is the start of an article I wrote some years ago about why I am so grateful to the NHS, and why there is such a grassroots, unquenchable objection to for-profit health care:

    "In early March I got the call every child of an elderly parent dreads: My mother, Kathy Balchin, age 80, had fallen, breaking her left wrist and right leg. Coming home was out of the question. She needed hospitalization, nursing home care, then physical therapy. She was in a state of shock...."

    Read more at the Aesthetic Realism Online Library.

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