Aesthetic Realism is the philosophy founded by the great American poet and critic Eli Siegel. Aesthetic Realism is education, true and kind, about the world and the human self, our hopes and possibilities. It explains and answers the questions we have about ourselves, family, friends, love, questions about our interests, hopes and despairs, and much more.
On this website I’m glad to bring to people some of what I’ve learned that changed my life in ways I hoped for, enabling me to get to expression and happiness I never would have otherwise. You will find here articles by me that have been presented to audiences at public seminars at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City, about what causes pain in love, what love truly is, the fight between selfishness and generosity, and much more!
I grew up in the village of Glendale, Ohio, northwest of Cincinnati, graduated from Denison University, and moved to New York City. That’s where I first attended an Aesthetic Realism seminar. I was electrified by the honesty & scholarship of the speakers, and what they were saying about art and life.
The Principles of Aesthetic Realism
I began to study these principles, stated by Eli Siegel, which are the basis of the philosophy Aesthetic Realism:
1. The deepest desire of every person is to like the world on an honest or accurate basis.
2. The greatest danger for a person is to have contempt for the world and what is in it….Contempt can be defined as the lessening of what is different from oneself as a means of self-increase as one sees it.
3. All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.
They are true—and through them and thrilling Aesthetic Realism consultations, I became happier, kinder, more the person I hoped to be. I recommend the book Self and World: An Explanation of Aesthetic Realism, and many other works about Aesthetic Realism in the Online Library.
Aesthetic Realism Explains Imagination, Good and Bad
The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known (TRO) is serializing Imagination Has Emphasis by Eli Siegel, a landmark lecture in which Mr. Siegel looks at the biography Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton as a means of understanding a central thing in human imagination—our imagination—emphasis. read more
Covid-19 Is Still With Us—
Editor Ellen Reiss has a series in her great commentaries to The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known on how to use Covid-19 in a sensible, strengthening way:
“Decades ago, Eli Siegel asked the following vitally important question:
‘Is this true: No matter how much of a case one has against the world—its unkindness, its disorder, its ugliness, its meaninglessness—one has to do all one can to like it, or one will weaken oneself?’
I have seen, through many years of careful looking, the answer is: Yes, it’s true. So I’ll mention 4 aspects of that needed thing, using COVID-19 to like the world.
1) Evil (which the coronavirus stands for and has) is certainly real. But what is good in this world is just as real…” read more