Longed for in Marriage: The Oneness of Encouragement & Criticism
Where: Aesthetic Realism Foundation
141 Greene St.
212-777-4490 Price: $10
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In this lively, cultural class, women will learn something Aesthetic Realism shows to be as fundamental as the law of gravity: there cannot be true love without criticism, criticism which is the encouragement to be fair to the world. They’ll be learning too the difference between the criticism that is real encouragement, real love, and the hurtful “put-down,” or contempt, which has often been in how women and men have “criticized” each other. These illuminating sentences by Eli Siegel, from The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, will be taken up:
“Aesthetic Realism sees good will as the aesthetic oneness of encourage-ment and criticism. If we are to be true to a friend, or anyone, we must hope to be able to tell him what he may be doing against himself. Criticism, Aesthetic Realism sees, when it has an honest purpose, as a form of love. In the same way as a wall may be washed because we care for the wall, so a person may be told he has welcomed something harmful to himself. Furthermore, if a person has begun to show something which represents him, we should hope that he believes more in this good sign.…Good will [is] that which the human mind is aiming to have.”Buy tickets/get more info now