Friends of Aesthetic Realism
       Countering the Lies
“It’s a lie, and not a well told one at that.
  It grins out like a copper dollar.”

                  —Abraham Lincoln

Statement by Michael J. Nadeau, Former Student of Aesthetic Realism & Purchasing Agent (Ret.), Passaic County Community College

To the Friends of Aesthetic Realism:

     I am writing this letter in response to seeing the website "Countering the Lies," by the Friends of Aesthetic Realism.

     Although I have not studied Aesthetic Realism in many years, I can say the lies and personal attacks by some former students are unfounded and unwarranted. I studied Aesthetic Realism from 1977 until 1981 with an Each And All consultation trio. I studied Poetry, Art, Speech and Acting at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation. I would meet with other students of Aesthetic Realism and study Eli Siegel's works, such as The Aesthetic Method in Self-Conflict. I worked full time in the shipping industry. Most of my family and friends lived in upstate New York. I also found time to perform with a sighted and non-sighted group of singers and actors with a theatre group called The LB Audio Players. My consultants, Mr. Chaim Koppelman, Mr. Derek Mali and Dr. Arnold Perey, encouraged my relation to the world and they knew what upstate New York meant to me. There was no limiting of one's travels.

     The website created by some former students whose majority remain anonymous is filled with charges that are just not true. It saddens, then angers me that these former students have taken it on themselves to use such a platform for their deceit. It is a privilege to meet Aesthetic Realism and every person can learn through its study. These particular former students have chosen to actively try to deny a person's right to see Aesthetic Realism fairly for the philosophy it is. Their labeling Aesthetic Realism a cult is an injustice to Aesthetic Realism. It is despicable at best. Yet, instead of being embarrassed and contrite, they go on with this notion that they are somehow victims and expect the public to believe them.

     I was a young man when I studied Aesthetic Realism. Aesthetic Realism opened my eyes to a world much different than I had seen before, a world seen as a oneness of aesthetic opposites. It gave me a broader view of the world and at the same time I had a more precise view of the world.

     I became a kinder, smarter and better person because the outside world made sense to me. When the world makes sense, we make better choices. I went back to college and graduated with honors. I have had two successful careers, one in the shipping industry and one in education. I have always been proud that included in my biographies in the Marquis' Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Industry and Finance is my study of Aesthetic Realism.

     Truth rings clearer than fiction.

     Wishing the Aesthetic Realism Foundation continued success.


                                                          Michael J. Nadeau

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    Statements by Friends of Aesthetic Realism

    Barbara Allen
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    Christopher Balchin
    Mara Bennici
    David Berger
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    Rachel J. Bernstein
    Barbara Buehler
    Gina Buffone
    Beverly Sue Burk
    Maureen Butler
    Jeffrey Carduner
    Margot Carpenter
    Lori & Robert Colavito
    Albert Corvino
    Nicholas Corvino
    Henry D'Amico
    Matthew D’Amico
    Ernest DeFilippis
    Vincent DiPietro
    Carol Driscoll
    Donita Ellison
    Anne Fielding
    Lorraine Galkowski, RN
    Pamela Goren
    Edward Green
    Avi Gvili
    Ames Huntting
    Mark Lale
    Dale Laurin
    Rose Levy
    Timothy Lynch
    Lorraine Mahoney, RN
    Derek Mali
    Glenn Mariano
    Haroldo Mauro Jr.
    Joseph Meglino
    Pauline Meglino
    Allan Michael
    Marvin Mondlin
    Robert Murphy
    Michael J. Nadeau
    Meryl Nietsch-Cooperman
    Ruth Oron
    Arnold Perey, PhD
    Lauren Phillips
    Jack Plumstead
    Maria Plumstead
    Rosemary Plumstead
    Rev. Wayne Plumstead
    Marcia Rackow
    Zvia Ratz
    Ann Richards
    Anthony C. Romeo
    Leila Rosen
    Rhonda Rosenthal
    Sally Ross
    Claudia Senatore
    Sheldon Silverman
    Jeffrey Sosinsky, MD
    Barbara Spetly McClung
    Joseph Spetly
    Faith K. Stern
    John Stern
    Arlene Sulkis
    Devorah Tarrow
    Jaime R. Torres, DPM
    Dennis L. Tucker
    Francine Weber
    Steve Weiner
    Miriam Weiss
    Carrie Wilson

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