Statement by Steve Weiner, Computer Specialist & Union Shop Steward
As to the lies about persons' being discouraged from attending college: While I have studied Aesthetic Realism, I graduated with a BA in Communications from Hunter College, received a certificate in Labor Studies from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and received a second BA in Labor Studies from the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland. Never once was I discouraged in any way from pursuing any of these degrees.
As to the statement about being "watched constantly and checked up on," I have a confession to make: I do ask other persons who study Aesthetic Realism such questions as "How are you feeling?" and "What did you do this weekend?" As to the "constant" business—I'm not sure about. Since I hold a full-time job, am a union shop steward for over one hundred workers, president of my SoHo coop, an avid cyclist, take part in many campaigns for social justice, it would be difficult to "constantly" check up on other people and be checked up by them. Then again, I ask those questions of friends, relatives, and co-workers who DON'T study Aesthetic Realism. And if I'm not mistaken, this is what millions of Americans do every day who never heard of Aesthetic Realism.
As to the statement about constantly being plugged for money: I receive ONE fundraising appeal from the Aesthetic Realism Foundation a year. I am very happy to contribute to it because of the great good Aesthetic Realism has brought to my life. Meanwhile, I receive many appeals in a year from such organizations as Planned Parenthood, People for the American Way, Witness for Peace, and others. Perhaps the attacker should begin another website to "expose" these organizations!
As to the statement about estrangements between family members, I will simply quote what my mother, Lillian Weiner, who once studied Aesthetic Realism herself but no longer does so, wrote to me on a recent birthday: "I am so proud of the person you have become. Aesthetic Realism and Mr. Siegel taught you well. I love you very much."
Link to http://www.stevenweiner.net/