I learned that every person has the possibility of two kinds of power—the power that arises from good will, and the power that comes from having contempt for the world, hurtful to our own and other people’s lives. For the first time Aesthetic Realism has shown that good will is not the self-sacrificing thing most people have thought, but the greatest power a human being can have.
“It is only when good will is seen as aesthetics that its strength is seen,” explains Eli Siegel in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known #121:
Good will can be described as the desire to have something else stronger and more beautiful, for this desire makes oneself stronger and more beautiful…. Good will is a true mingling of kindness and exactness or severity; in other words, good will is aesthetics…. Aesthetics is the original engineering of the world.
The chief reason women feel bad, I’ve seen, is because they don’t have good will.
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I’ll be speaking about what I learned and what a woman is learning now in Aesthetic Realism consultations, and show how a daughter in history wanted to have good will for her father. I came to know of the importance of Sara Coleridge, the daughter of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, through two great lectures Eli Siegel gave about her in 1971….more