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An anti-prejudice book for children, from a traditional story of the Ndowe People of Africa. The story begins: “Elephant and Hippopotamus were chatting one day, and Elephant said, ‘Have you heard, that little tortoise has been saying he’s equal to us! What nerve!’ Said Hippopotamus, ‘Who, that pipsqueak? My foot is bigger than he is! And he’s saying he’s our equal?’…”
The purpose of the not-for-profit Aesthetic Realism Foundation is to meet the urgent need for people throughout America and the world to see each other and reality fairly. The means to that fairness is Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded in 1941 by Eli Siegel, American poet, critic, and educator.
Located in SoHo, NYC, the foundation is a center for culture and kindness. It offers classes in the visual arts, poetry, music, anthropology, and more. There are public seminars, individual consultations, workshops for teachers, and thrilling dramatic and musical events. People of all ages understand themselves newly through the principles of Aesthetic Realism.
Our thoughts to ourselves—do they make us kinder or meaner, just or unjust, stronger or weaker, proud or ashamed?
Read "Intelligence; or, Do We Like Our Thoughts?"—the great new issue of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known.
REGISTRATION for the Fall semester of classes is taking place between Sept. 2 and Sept. 12, 2014. Study Poetry, Music, Art, Education, Acting, Singing, Anthropology, Film Studies, & more. For information, click here.
Update—Two new videos! See and hear Aesthetic Realism consultants speak on art, baseball, and the questions of men and women:
Can We Have Pleasure & Self-Respect at Once?: Picasso’s “Two Women Running on the Beach” by Devorah Tarrow
The Beauty of Baseball Shows How We Want to Be! by Ernest DeFilippis
Read a letter by essayist Ruth Oron, of Israel and New York, who writes with courage and honesty. For instance, she says:
“Studying Aesthetic Realism is the greatest thing that happened to me—it made my life happy and rich with meaning. In this letter I’m going to say some things about my life, because what I learned brings together the individual self—which each of us is—and a very big international matter. The fact that Aesthetic Realism explains both, is vivid evidence that it is what people and civilization itself are looking for.” more