What is Beauty?
For many centuries people have been wondering what the beauty is, but up to the present day there is neither definite answer nor a shared vision.Beauty can hardly mean the same to all the people because we are different and our standards and tastes differ as well. We all think that someone or something is beautiful when it provides a perceptual experience of pleasure, placidity and satisfaction.
It is a well-known fact that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is a subjective concept. The individual understanding of this notion develops in some entity being in balance and harmony with nature, which leads to the feeling of admiration and emotional well-being, but this entity is not alike for different people.
Beauty comes in many forms, as it is a very wide concept. Even if we take the beauty of a person: people can judge his or her physical or inner beauty, beauty of the eyes, of behavior and intentions, etc. Which of these beauties is the most important?
When we see a person for the first time, we always start with assessment of his/her physical beauty. Appearance is not a reliable guide to qualities that a person may have, because we cannot catch them with our eyes. Maybe that is the reason why sometimes parents are against friends of their children or against a person their child wants to marry. They see only skin-deep beauty, but appearance is deceptive, whereas their child knows this person from different sides and can judge him or her fairly.
Chekhov, one of the great Russian writes, said: “Everything should be beautiful in a person: his face and his clothes, his soul and his thoughts”. I completely agree with him and believe that to consider a person beautiful, we need to find beauty both physically and internally. Usually, it happens in accordance with the same algorithm: we meet a person and first of all judge his outward beauty, then we start to assess his or her inner beauty and finally, if we like him or her from both these aspects, it serves as a prerequisite for long-term relations.
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Definition of Beauty
Beauty has constantly been used to defining things in their appearance acting as a show of goodness and suitability. However, they say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and based on that, beauty means different things to different people. The definition has over the years shifted the cultural demands and the ever continuous development of knowledge. It is common subject of discussion amongst philosophers starting right from historic times in the ancient Greek all the way to this present age. The human belief on the issue of beauty has differed over the years. Ideally, beauty has a certain definition. All the same, most people look at beauty in terms of having collective characteristics in a person or an object that offers a sense of some pleasure in spirit, mind and sight as well.
Ancient beauty ideas
The Greeks during pre-historic times wrote about the subject of beauty, tackling it from various aspects. The ideas were very captivating. Basically, they were founded on the quality of being youthful. Even though this view on the subject of beauty in relation to the idea of being youthful had some truth, it received a lot of confrontation since it was thought to be over-simplified.
Actually, more than just being in a youthful state, a personal could lack the sight of beauty that offers a sense of spirit or mind pleasure. This is indeed very true and therefore, beauty cannot entirely be based on issues of being youthful. It is just a part of everything about beauty and not everything about what beauty is all about. Therefore, it is important to note that the youthfulness bit cannot be solely used to defined beauty and neither can it be disregarded.
Modern perceptions about beauty
Today, things seem to have evolved. No much change has occurred other than developing on what has been held previously concerning beauty. Modern beauty definitions can be traced back in the enlightenment period. During this time, beauty was linked with metaphysical concepts. For example, different enlightenment philosophers and artists endeavored to connect beauty with the truth aspect. As a result, truth was deeply connected to beauty.
Just like in the old beliefs, modern philosophies concerning beauty were also questioned. For instance, there are quite a number of ugly truths and facts with a great deal of legitimacy yet without a pleasant sight. Therefore, defining beauty through truth can be defined as a situational concept. Ideally, the qualities of being youthful and truthful seem to summarize the whole idea on the definition of beauty.