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Eli Siegel

Eli Siegel

Eli Siegel was a philosopher and poet who taught people how crucial it was, in order to like themselves, to want to know and respect other people and the world. Beginning in 1941, the year he founded the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, he gave thousands of lectures and classes on the arts and sciences, as well as individual lessons, in which he explained that: (1) the deepest desire of every person is to like the world on an honest or accurate basis; (2) “the chief reason for liking the world is that the world has the opposites which, as one, we see as beauty itself”; (3) the desire for contempt–“the addition to self through the lessening of something else”–is what most hurts a person, makes one timid, unexpressed, held back, afraid to be deeply affected–and also makes a person unkind, even brutal.

 

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