I was very pleased to have had the opportunity to attend the viewing of Film and The Art of Enjoying Justice by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Ken Kimmelman. He spoke on and showed 6 of his short films – The Heart Knows Better, Brushstrokes, What Does a Person Deserve?, Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana, and Thomas Comma, as based on the concepts by Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism, as the answer to racism and prejudice. A central principle is “All beauty is the making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in our selves.”
The Heart Knows Better is a powerful visual that allows us to connect to our likenesses in order to see past our differences. Brushstrokes demonstrated how our differences work in conjunction with fulfilling our personal and global perspectives and purpose. What Does a Person Deserve? speaks of poverty and homelessness in America. And my personal favorite, Thomas Comma, a story of a comma without a sentence. Also introduced was Eli Siegel’s question, Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites? and how art communicates the reality that opposites are one.
As our world becomes more connected through technology, and the resources become limited, we all must understand the importance of working together. I was reminded once again of the African principle of Ubuntu, focusing on people’s allegiances and relations with each other. “I am because you are.” Below is a short explanation on the concept from Nelson Mandela.
Whatever our goals are, we need one another in order to achieve them. No one can survive in this world on their own. Prejudice and racism denigrate and isolate groups of people based on hate and fear, and diminish the haters ability to reach their full potential; which ultimately destroys the stability of social structures. We need one another to grow, to heal, and to live. Being able to see our differences not as obstacles but instead as opportunities can open our eyes to a world of endless possibilities. The Aesthetic Realism Foundation uses art to communicate this concept in a very real and personal way. This project perfectly blends my views of how art and Civic Entrepreneurship are blended to serve the welfare of the public. I had a really good time.
I would like to say a special thank you to Journalist and Civil Rights Historian, Alice Bernstein and her husband, and photographer, David Bernstein (both Aesthetic Realism Associates), for the invitation to this film and for the wonderful lunch we shared afterwards at Hummus Place, a cozy, Mediterranean restaurant in Manhattan. The food and your company were great. I do look forward to us doing it again. God bless you both and the work that you do.
For more information on Aesthetic Realism visit: http://www.aestheticrealism.org/