My name is Steve Weiner, and I live in New York City.

I am an Associate of Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded by the great American poet and critic, Eli Siegel. Here are its three main principles:

1.  The deepest desire of every person is to like the world on an honest or accurate basis.

2.  The greatest danger for a person is to have contempt for the world and what is in it ….Contempt can be defined as the lessening of what is different from oneself as a means of self-increase as one sees it.

3.  All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.

One of the joys of my life is presenting what I have learned from Aesthetic Realism in public seminars at its not-for-profit foundation in Soho, and elsewhere.

These are some of the subjects I have spoken on:

What Do Fathers and Sons Really Want from Each Other?

Mind and Body: Can a Man Use Both to Be Kind?

The Pleasures and Perils of Conceit

What Stops a Man from Having True Love?

We’re Determined but Are We Right? The Criteria for Good Determination

A Man’s Imagination: What Kind is Good?

Comfort or Justice: What Does a Man Want Most?

I have also discussed in talks artists such as Rembrandt, Alberto Giacometti, Diego Rivera, Louise Nevelson, and Roy Lichtenstein, and works of music including “The Swan” and “The Flower Duet.”

For many years, I was a Computer Specialist for the New York City Department of Education, and a labor union official.

If you wish to contact me, my email address is snweiner [at] gmail [dot] com


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