What Makes Us Feel Good or Bad?–Looking at “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen
Where: Aesthetic Realism Foundation
141 Greene St.
212-777-4490 Price: $8
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On what basis does a child want to feel good? How can young people make sense of the way they feel good and bad? This event, from 11 AM to 12:15 PM, for boys and girls aged 5-12, is taught by Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy, loved teachers at metro area youth centers. This children’s class is based on the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, founded by the great America educator Eli Siegel. It explains that one’s deepest desire, and the purpose that enables a child—or anyone—to feel truly good is “to like the world on an honest or accurate basis.” In this class, Ms. Allen and Mr. Murphy will illustrate the following sentences by Eli Siegel from his book Children’s Guide to Parents & Other Matters:
“People want to think things are good. They also want to think they themselves are good. But sometimes a person can think he is good just because something else is bad….If he does this, Ted won’t feel good about the way he feels good. Something in him he may not know very much about will tell him, ‘This is no way of feeling good, Ted.'”