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Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?
How do you define beauty?
This is a question that has been asked for centuries, and yet there is no definitive answer. Beauty is subjective, relative, and personal. What one person finds beautiful may not appeal to another. Beauty can be found in nature, art, music, literature, or human beings. Beauty can be physical, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual. Beauty can be a quality, a feeling, or a state of mind.
So, how do you define beauty?
In this blog post, I want to explore some of the different ways that people define beauty, and how beauty can affect our lives. As a mother and grandparent, I often have questions arise that I want to “define” or “explain” as simple but beneficial to my grands and children. Having two grandsons, I often feel I want to share and teach all I can with them, so that they know how to Love and What is Love. That they look beyond what is in front of them and go beneath the surface of things. As they are getting older, seeing things out of our control, and interacting during school with others. I continuously work on building a foundation of Truth for them and around them. This may make sense to some and not to others, but I feel that most understand what I’m trying to say.
With the world so materialistic and vain, I always want to try and keep their focus on what matters. And to treat “all” with respect, one thing I constantly remind them, choose your words carefully and pray before you speak. As we all know “words are powerful” and can “hurt”.
So, join me today, as I discuss the concept of “Beauty”, as it is truly in the “Eyes of the Beholder”.
Many people think that beauty is only about physical appearance, and that it can be determined by certain standards or criteria. They may believe that beauty is objective and quantifiable, and that it can be ranked or rated. They may follow the trends and opinions of celebrities, magazines, or social media, and try to conform to the expectations and norms of their society. They may seek validation and approval from others and base their self-esteem and happiness on how they look. Having such views have led to low self-esteem, hatred, suicidal thoughts, even death in many around us.
But this view of beauty is very limiting and superficial and can subject individuals to a life of doubts. It ignores the diversity and uniqueness of human beings, and the richness and depth of their inner qualities. It also creates a lot of pressure and stress for people who feel insecure or inadequate about their appearance, and who may resort to unhealthy or harmful behaviors to change or enhance their looks. It also fosters a culture of comparison and competition, where people judge themselves and others based on superficial standards, and where beauty becomes a source of envy, jealousy, or resentment.
A more holistic and positive view of beauty is one that recognizes that beauty is not only about how you look, but also about how you feel, think, act, and relate to others. Beauty is not something that you have or don’t have, but something that you express and share. Beauty is not fixed or static, but dynamic and evolving. Beauty is not a single attribute or feature, but a combination of many elements that make you who you are.
Beauty can be defined by its aesthetic appeal. This is the most common and obvious way that we perceive beauty, especially in the media and advertising. Aesthetic beauty is based on appearance, symmetry, proportion, color, shape, and form. It can be measured by standards of attractiveness, such as facial features, body shape, skin tone, hair style, or clothing. It also can be influenced by cultural norms and preferences, such as trends, fashions, or traditions.
Aesthetic beauty is not the only way to define beauty. Some people may value other aspects of beauty more than appearance. For example, some people may find beauty in the personality, character, or behavior of a person. They may admire qualities such as kindness, honesty, courage, humor, or wisdom. They may appreciate actions such as generosity, compassion, loyalty, or creativity.
They may feel a connection with someone who shares their values, interests, or passions. Such as in, Emotional beauty, which can be triggered by sensory stimuli such as sights, sounds, smells, tastes, or touches. It can also be triggered by cognitive stimuli such as memories, thoughts, ideas, or beliefs.
Beauty by its spiritual significance. This is the way that beauty relates to our sense of meaning and purpose in life. Spiritual beauty can be transcendent or immanent, depending on the perspective and the belief system. Spiritual beauty can be experienced as a connection with something greater than us, such as God, nature, the universe, or humanity. Spiritual beauty can also be experienced as a reflection of our own inner essence or soul. Spiritual beauty can inspire us to seek truth.
Have you ever wondered why some people find certain things beautiful and others don’t?
Why do we have different tastes and preferences when it comes to art, music, fashion, or even people?
Well, the answer is simple: beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
But why is this so?
How do we form our opinions and judgments about beauty?
There are many factors that influence our perception of beauty, such as culture, society, environment, education, personality, mood, and even biology.
Let’s take a look at how each interacts with our perception of “BEAUTY”.
Different cultures have different values and ideals of beauty. For example, in some parts of the world, fair skin is considered attractive, while in others, darker skin is preferred. Similarly, some cultures admire thinness, while others celebrate curves. Culture also shapes our preferences for certain features, such as eye color, hair style, facial shape, etc.
Society also plays a role in shaping our perception of beauty. We are constantly exposed to media images and messages that tell us what is beautiful and what is not. We tend to compare ourselves and others to these unrealistic standards and feel pressured to conform to them. We may also be influenced by the opinions and expectations of our family, friends, peers, and role models.
The environment we live in also affects our perception of beauty. For example, people who live in colder climates may prefer warmer colors, while people who live in warmer climates may prefer cooler colors. The natural scenery and landscape we see every day may also inspire our sense of beauty and aesthetics.
Education can also influence our perception of beauty. The more we learn about different forms of art and expression, the more we appreciate and enjoy them. We may develop a taste for certain genres, styles, or techniques that appeal to us. We may also become more open-minded and tolerant of diversity and difference.
Our personality traits also shape our perception of beauty. For example, people who are more creative and imaginative may find beauty in unconventional and original things, while people who are more practical and rational may prefer simplicity and functionality. People who are more adventurous and curious may seek novelty and variety, while people who are more conservative and cautious may stick to familiarity and tradition.
Our mood can also affect our perception of beauty. When we are happy and optimistic, we tend to see beauty everywhere and in everything. We are more attracted to bright colors, cheerful sounds, and positive emotions. When we are sad and pessimistic, we tend to see beauty less often and in fewer things. We are more drawn to dark colors, melancholic sounds, and negative emotions.
As you can see, there are many factors that influence our perception of beauty. But the most important thing to remember is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
This means that you have the power to decide what is beautiful for you. You don’t have to follow the trends or the norms of society. You don’t have to please anyone else or fit into any mold. You just have to be yourself and express your own unique style and personality.
Beauty is not something that can be constricted or measured by anyone else but you.
Beauty is not something that can be taken away or diminished by anyone else but you.
Beauty is something that you experience and appreciate in yourself and others.
Beauty is something that you create and contribute to the world.
REMEMBER WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFULLY MADE BY THE HANDS OF GOD!
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalms 139:14)
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
And you are the beholder.
~Stay Safe-Stay Encouraged-Stay Blessed~
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