Steven Weiner, Computer Specialist and Aesthetic Realism associate, writes:
“The Most Needed Thing in the World” is about the thing we must have for our lives to fare well, including for love to succeed! In this issue, a man tells how he learned from Aesthetic Realism about what in himself interfered with love—and how, as a result, he came to have the real thing in his life, the kind of love all people hope for. And you’ll learn that the very thing that enables a person to have true love is also what will enable our nation’s economy to be just! Read this thrilling new issue of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known.
The commentary by Ellen Reiss begins:
Dear Unknown Friends:
This issue is about a way of seeing that is the most needed thing in the world, the most artistic, most intelligent, most powerful, exciting, scientific, romantic, practical thing in the world: good will. Good will is a phrase heard much this time of year, but the real thing is not the soft or sacrificial item people mainly take it to be. It is the desire that other things and people be seen justly, dealt with justly, including by us. And it’s the feeling (which is correct) that our wanting others to fare well enables us to flourish, be ourselves, be expressed.
We publish “Good Will as a Circle,” by Eli Siegel: an explanation he gave in a 1969 class. With it is a paper by anthropologist and Aesthetic Realism consultant Arnold Perey, from a public seminar of 2019 on the subject “Today & Always—What Does a Woman Deserve from a Man?” Dr. Perey’s paper is about the need for good will in love. It’s also about contempt—the enormous competitor, in everyone, to good will. Contempt is “the addition to self through the lessening of something else,” and Aesthetic Realism shows that it is the most hurtful thing in the human mind. Contempt for people and the world is that which makes love fail.
And it makes an economy fail. In the 1970s, Eli Siegel showed that history had reached the point at which an economy can’t succeed unless it is based on good will. Contempt has largely been the impelling thing in economic life. It’s the basis of the profit motive: the seeing of other people in terms of how much profit can I make from you—how much money can I squeeze out of you while giving you as little as possible?…Read more