Sunday, December 13, 2009

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? How can we know what 'beautiful' is?

Are we told by the media and our peers what is beautiful? If we are persuaded by the opinions of others in regards to what true beauty means, then how do we determine what we really think about the beautiful?Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? How can we know what 'beautiful' is?
The expression simply means that beauty, as a universal concept, has no intrinsic and/or set meaning, definition or even value for that matter. Or if you like, it is a collectively undecidable notion, since its definition is inherently and purely observer-based. It also implies that ';to each its own';. In other words, each individual may interpret the idea of beauty (of people, objects, thoughts, etc.) according to his/her own biased, genetic, emotional, cultural, social and spiritual needs, proclivity and predilection. Having said that, most people feel they ';intuitively'; know and ';understand'; what is meant by beauty in their mind's eye. That is to say, when it comes to judging people’s physical good looks for instance, they can agree on a general consensus of what it is to be beautiful. And that's exactly where the politically-oriented and money-driven media plays its most self-righteous card - constantly bombarding us with retouched images and brainwashing us into accepting their artificially-enhanced symmetrical lines of human design as the universally preferred ones. I for example, much prefer the true lines, looks and feel of a REAL woman - one that has a bit of an asymmetry here and there, one where her natural and inner beauty and loveliness compliments her physical contours and makes you feel like you truly belong in her heart - than the one the media tries incessantly to shove down our throats. The world of high fashion, for instance, may think that those anorexic-looking, frozen-impression-plastered runway models that walk the hideous gate of “tortured legs” are the hottest things since the sliced bread – but we can (and often do) beg to differ with them, can’t we? :-)Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? How can we know what 'beautiful' is?
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Beauty is in the nose of th beholder. Beautiful is the combination of qualities , as shape, proportion, colour, etc, in human face or form or in any other objects that delights the sight.
it depends on you
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder in the sense that everyone finds beauty in different things. There is beauty in almost everyone and everything. It doesn't have to be physical beauty. It can be what's on the inside of a person, and how they treat others. The media is hung up on the physical aspect of beauty, making people think they need to look a certain way in order to be considered beautiful but that's not at all true. You know what beauty is by the way you define it. Whatever is beautiful to you.
i judge by the heart that is express through their smile and eyes and their way of expressing themselves . a person can be as beautiful as can be , but have consided ways and egiostical about themselves . a person can be normal or ugly but have beautiful ways and be without atrace of evilness in her mouth or heart . beauty might be in the beholders eyes but i prefer a kind good- hearted person before beauty .
Beauty is completely personal. What one thinks is beautiful someone else can think completely opposite. To me something beautiful brings emotion; the Maine coasts, lighthouses, the fall foliage, different works of art, etc.
I agree the media does try to affect what we concieve beauty to be. but to me beauty comes from knowing. Knowing who you are on the inside. what is it that makes you feel lifted in spirit. what ever it is to you that resonates as beautiful is the gage you have to use to see beauty. I see beauty in something and you may see a blemish. it is completely up to you. That is what makes life interesting.
beauty being in the eye of the beholder is true. If you see something you like, that gives you this feeling inside that you really want to see it or be around it all the time, that is beauty. For everyone.
When you see something and you think ';this is beautiful'; and your emotions are moved by it, then you know what beautiful is to you.
Beauty is deep with in. Anything can be beautiful. But only you can think it is...
Everyone is beautiful inside and out. Just on some people you have to look harder to find. ( and in some you have to look really, really hard).
Some people say that he or she is beautiful but some people might say it is not. So, it is true to say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is up to one's preference.
Beauty is a human average in the search for standardization due to self consciousness, and can be measured with geometric precision:…
Beauty is for each individual to see. Not what society thinks.
Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. The media would have us buy into the lie that you have to be young tan rich and thin to be a beautiful person. Some of the most beautiful people I've known were none of the above. True beauty lies in the heart and in the spirit, and no amount of money, makeup, surgery or false fronts can compete. BBeauty is as simple as a child's laughter ot the intricate pattern of a butterfly wing. It is natural and not pre constructed .
Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder because while you may think a certain person or thing looks nice another person may think it doesn't look all that great. Kinda like art at a museum.
yes sometimes its true,beautiful is relative so in my opinion beautiful is feel interest and happy if you see,hold and smell.
Beauty is what is acceptable to your eyes and heart,, so maybe you see that something is ';beautiful'; , while others don't , that's why they say it's in the eye of the beholder.
Beauty is something subjective. It depends on the personality, the country one lives, in short, on the culture you are and you have grown up. However, some philosophers, like Plato or Ortega y Gasset, said that there was something ';beautiful'; per se, not depending on the person. For example, Ortega said: ';I saw a girl in the bus today. I was watching at her face, and I was able to see her ';imperfections';. I was able to imagine her ';perfect'; nose, mouth, eyes, and compare them with the real ones. The perfection was in my mind and it really existed';. Plato, at the same time, thought that the perfection, and beauty, exists, and that everything compares to that ';model';, for example, the perfect proportions in a body. In short, whenever we see a model in tv, like Uma Thurman, for example, we can ';see'; how far she is to the ';model';. the closer it gets, the more beautiful it is. In short, it is subjective, but according to the culture we share, the ';models'; exist and establish the standard objective model of beauty for everything.
beauty is in the eye of the beholder, everyone might think some guys wife is ugly, why did he marry her? well because in his eyes she was beautiful, beautiful is whatever u think it is
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, isn't then delectibility's in the palate of the taster? It's a personal choice on what's beautiful and delicious to you.

That old saying's true, ';One man's trash is another man's treasure.';
Beauty(human/physical)is totally dependant upon the culture which is defining beauty. That is to say, beauty is entirly subjective, yet not subjective, at the same time. Physical beauty is NOT in the eyes of the beholder, beauty is defined by society.
What we find as beautiful is entirely personal, but it is influenced by symmetry. suggestion, color, symbolic elements, the accepted beauty norm of the times and so forth.

A rose is a rose, but I find certain types of roses more beautiful than others and they are probably different than the ones you would find beautiful.
you are beautiful if you are nice and true from the inside and outside who is not fake truth to yourself thats how you know you are beautiful
beautiful is a word I could never relate to, or use to describe someone I saw, until I had my first child. The overwhelming warmth, tears-to-my-eyes type of feeling is what I placed the word beautiful on. The sight of watching him takes my breath away. Nothing else can touch that. it's one thing I did right!
Beauty as in human beauty? People say that its in the eye of the beholder but then how do the majority of people find a certain someone beautiful or ugly. People look for healthy, symmetrical faces and bodies. We want to pass on our genes with the best possible combination.
From without, no wonderful effect is wrought within ourselves, unless some interior, responding wonder meets it. ~Herman Melville.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the beholder can be versed and trained in the outside world which tries to tell you what is beautiful. However I believe humans react and are attracted to things they find beautiful. Perhaps music, or writing, or physics, a person, a mentor, a lover, the list goes on and on. But like it says in the quote nothing is beautiful or really nothing means anything to us unless it is reacted to from something that was in place within that says: ';hey I think that's beautiful.';
nice question.
its a matter of personal opinion
beautiful is difficult to explain because people have so many opinions on it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course because of the many variations out there. To know what beautiful is... I think there is no definite beautiful but when we see something that lifts our minds and our hearts comes pretty close to beautiful. It's all in the eye of the beholder...
Beauty is whatever you feel it to be. One person's impression of what is beautiful may be different than another's. No one is right or wrong with regards to beauty.
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