Friends of Aesthetic Realism
       Countering the Lies
“It’s a lie, and not a well told one at that.
  It grins out like a copper dollar.”

                  —Abraham Lincoln

Statement of Dennis L. Tucker, Choral Conductor and Teacher of Music

Ostracized? I lived in New York and studied Aesthetic Realism at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation from 1976-77. In studying it, I never joined an organization. Aesthetic Realism is a study, not a club or a cult; there are no “members” as claimed by Adam Mali. My formal study ended in 1977, and I have lived in other states since leaving New York. I currently reside in St. Louis, Missouri. Over the last twenty-seven years I have had consistently friendly contact with several students of Aesthetic Realism whom I knew then, and who have continued to take classes in New York. So much for Mali’s assertion that anyone who ends their formal study of Aesthetic Realism is ostracized.

College: As for his nutty statement that Aesthetic Realism discouraged his desire for a college education, all I can say is that the exact opposite was my experience. I was encouraged by the faculty of the Foundation to pursue my education, and I did—getting a bachelor of music degree from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and two master’s degrees in music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Individualism. What Mali claims about Aesthetic Realism squelching individualism is equally ridiculous. I certainly was more of an individual—freer and far more expressed—after beginning my study of it. After I began to study the principles of Aesthetic Realism—including the principle that everyone’s deepest desire is to like the world on an honest basis—a certain heavy depression that I had had for years lifted from me, and any need for psychotropic drugs ended permanently. As a direct result, I was able to complete my education, and for more than twenty years I have held responsible positions in churches and schools in Michigan, Florida, and Missouri. This philosophy is both profound and eminently practical.

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    Statements by Friends of Aesthetic Realism

    Barbara Allen
    Frances Amello
    Jerry Amello
    Christopher Balchin
    Mara Bennici
    David Berger
    Alice Bernstein
    Rachel J. Bernstein
    Barbara Buehler
    Gina Buffone
    Beverly Sue Burk
    Maureen Butler
    Jeffrey Carduner
    Margot Carpenter
    Lori & Robert Colavito
    Albert Corvino
    Nicholas Corvino
    Henry D'Amico
    Matthew D’Amico
    Ernest DeFilippis
    Vincent DiPietro
    Carol Driscoll
    Donita Ellison
    Anne Fielding
    Lorraine Galkowski, RN
    Pamela Goren
    Edward Green
    Avi Gvili
    Ames Huntting
    Mark Lale
    Dale Laurin
    Rose Levy
    Timothy Lynch
    Lorraine Mahoney, RN
    Derek Mali
    Glenn Mariano
    Haroldo Mauro Jr.
    Joseph Meglino
    Pauline Meglino
    Allan Michael
    Marvin Mondlin
    Robert Murphy
    Michael J. Nadeau
    Meryl Nietsch-Cooperman
    Ruth Oron
    Arnold Perey, PhD
    Lauren Phillips
    Jack Plumstead
    Maria Plumstead
    Rosemary Plumstead
    Rev. Wayne Plumstead
    Marcia Rackow
    Zvia Ratz
    Ann Richards
    Anthony C. Romeo
    Leila Rosen
    Rhonda Rosenthal
    Sally Ross
    Claudia Senatore
    Sheldon Silverman
    Jeffrey Sosinsky, MD
    Barbara Spetly McClung
    Joseph Spetly
    Faith K. Stern
    John Stern
    Arlene Sulkis
    Devorah Tarrow
    Jaime R. Torres, DPM
    Dennis L. Tucker
    Francine Weber
    Steve Weiner
    Miriam Weiss
    Carrie Wilson

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