Statement by Michael J. Nadeau, Former Student of Aesthetic Realism & Purchasing Agent (Ret.), Passaic County Community College
To the Friends of Aesthetic Realism:
I am writing this letter in response to seeing the website "Countering the Lies," by the Friends of Aesthetic Realism.
Although I have not studied Aesthetic Realism in many years, I can say the lies and personal attacks by some former students are unfounded and unwarranted. I studied Aesthetic Realism from 1977 until 1981 with an Each And All consultation trio. I studied Poetry, Art, Speech and Acting at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation. I would meet with other students of Aesthetic Realism and study Eli Siegel's works, such as The Aesthetic Method in Self-Conflict. I worked full time in the shipping industry. Most of my family and friends lived in upstate New York. I also found time to perform with a sighted and non-sighted group of singers and actors with a theatre group called The LB Audio Players. My consultants, Mr. Chaim Koppelman, Mr. Derek Mali and Dr. Arnold Perey, encouraged my relation to the world and they knew what upstate New York meant to me. There was no limiting of one's travels.
The website created by some former students whose majority remain anonymous is filled with charges that are just not true. It saddens, then angers me that these former students have taken it on themselves to use such a platform for their deceit. It is a privilege to meet Aesthetic Realism and every person can learn through its study. These particular former students have chosen to actively try to deny a person's right to see Aesthetic Realism fairly for the philosophy it is. Their labeling Aesthetic Realism a cult is an injustice to Aesthetic Realism. It is despicable at best. Yet, instead of being embarrassed and contrite, they go on with this notion that they are somehow victims and expect the public to believe them.
I was a young man when I studied Aesthetic Realism. Aesthetic Realism opened my eyes to a world much different than I had seen before, a world seen as a oneness of aesthetic opposites. It gave me a broader view of the world and at the same time I had a more precise view of the world.
I became a kinder, smarter and better person because the outside world made sense to me. When the world makes sense, we make better choices. I went back to college and graduated with honors. I have had two successful careers, one in the shipping industry and one in education. I have always been proud that included in my biographies in the Marquis' Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Industry and Finance is my study of Aesthetic Realism.
Truth rings clearer than fiction.
Wishing the Aesthetic Realism Foundation continued success.
Michael J. Nadeau