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 Rose Levy, Translator & Teacher of Hebrew

As to the question: "Do I truly feel happier, or do I just tell myself that I'm happier because that's what I'm supposed to think?" — The supposition that I "tell myself I'm happy because that's what I'm supposed to think," is utterly ridiculous.   Anyone who knows me knows I don't like to be dictated to as to what to feel or think. Like most people, I valued my independent mind, and do more so today, and was suspicious of anything I thought to be controlling. I thank God that along with my suspicion I had enough humility to acknowledge there was something I was missing and needed to learn about myself and the world.

     In Aesthetic Realism consultations with The Three Persons, my consultants—Margot Carpenter, Carol Driscoll, and Devorah Tarrow—tried to understand me and showed me that my questions are humanity's and women's questions, not just Rose's, and that I am related to the whole world. I was learning that there are causes as to why I and people as such feel happy or bad; and that mind is not the inexplicable, murky thing I thought it was, but a necessary and beautiful subject of study.   This study includes learning about the fight between contempt and respect in me and all people.  

     As I continued studying Aesthetic Realism I was finding out that knowing the world was more pleasurable than looking down on and thinking I was superior to it. My mind and my interest in things came alive. I began reading again. I took classes in geology, education, music, the flute, physics, and anthropology—at the Museum of Natural History, the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, and Purchase College.

     My life continues to flourish. So to answer the question yes! I am truly happy.

     As to Adam Mali's miserable complaint about his “trying to stay awake” during lectures by Eli Siegel: Attending classes for Aesthetic Realism consultants and associates, I have heard many of Eli Siegel's tape-recorded lectures. Some of the titles of these great lectures are: “Is There Such a Thing as Rightness? ” “This Went On: or Instinct in the Short Story” and "Medicine Is Within and Without.” To “hardly stay awake” hearing exciting lectures such as these, and to have the audacity to flaunt it as if it were the correct response, shows something of the inability of this person to focus his attention on the world. But there's a risk involved in “staying awake” and listening: doing so increases one's respect for reality and people—something Mali is not after.

Regarding the ridiculous claim that no time is spent on vacation while studying Aesthetic Realism: I love traveling and learning about the arts and culture of different countries.   Recently I traveled to Paris, Rome, Florence, Israel and Jordan.   I also love America 's National Parks. The fact is, through studying Aesthetic Realism I am able to appreciate their wonder in a way I once would not have. I am so thankful for this fact.

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  • The poetry by Eli Siegel, so greatly respected by William Carlos Williams and many others
  • Read lectures by Eli Siegel on subjects as diverse as literature, love, & economics
  • What is learned in classes taught by Ellen Reiss

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    Statements by Friends of Aesthetic Realism

    Barbara Allen
    Frances Amello
    Jerry Amello
    Christopher Balchin
    Mara Bennici
    David Berger
    Alice Bernstein
    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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