Friday, January 8, 2010

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...right?

then why doesn't everyone decide that everything is beautiful? Things are different, yes, but if i can decide what is beautiful and what is not beautiful, wouldn't it be better to decide that everything is beautiful.

Or is beauty only partially in the eye of the beholder, society, in a way, decides what is beautiful for us (deathly thin, etc) so why can't we realize that those with a little more meat on their large bones are beautiful too? Is our power to determine beauty limited?Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...right?
Exactly...Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...right?
I do belive beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While there are certain general things that are more physically appealing to people, such as symmetry, especially among the ancient Greeks, most people have their own ideas of what beauty is. Our power to determine beauty is not limited, but diversified. People generally view the same deathly thin people and other sterotypes of beatuy to be ';true'; beauty, becasue that is what is popular in society, and most people will do anything to conform to society.

On a side note, the world would be a pretty boring place if everyone viewed any idea in the same way. Our differences are what make the world special.
This is a cliche most commonly used to explain or justify a judgment when someone is attracted to something or someone that the observer does NOT think is attractive. ';I don't see what she sees in George, I don't like him.'; ';Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say.';

In other words it is just the opposite of what you are trying to set up. And one of the reasons we don't decide that everything is beautiful is that we have seen something we think is beautiful destroyed, smashed, vulgarized, trashed, painted over so that what we liked is not only gone but is now revolting.
Our power to determine what is beautiful is limited. As humans, we are programmed to think that symmetry is beautiful, like the Taj Mahal for example (it's symmetrical). Because we are told and shown what is beautiful at a young age (be it fat or thin), by the time we are old enough to reason (ages 17 and up) our perception of beauty is ingrained in our minds. If you have always been raised to believe that thin is in, you will have a difficult time truly, wholly believing that some extra meat is attractive. The only way to realize why we don't see beauty in everything is Tabula Rasa- or ';blank slate.'; Once you employ radical doubt, or doubt everything you know, see, hear, touch, etc. and get a blank slate, then you can start fresh and use reason to find out what beauty is and why we don't see it in everything.

We can't trust our senses either. Some people wear glasses, some can't smell, some people like certain foods while others don't. Some people are color blind. Therefore, we cannot trust the things we see, touch, taste, or hear. However, there are certain universal truths. For example, the sky is blue. Someone may be colorblind, but the still get the same wavelength for blue. In all cultures everyone can agree that the sky is blue. Now, can we determine the same thing for beauty? Yes and no. Most people as well as scientists believe that symmetrical things are beautiful.

I know that was kind of complicated, but that is my opinion.
Everything human is a combination of genetics and environment. There are some instincts that many people just can't overcome and many that they have no desire to overcome.

The idea that society decides what is attractive is a bit of an overhyped myth in my opinion. I know many many people who say that many models are too thin. They are NOT icons of beauty, they are clotheshorses, people get confused.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - right.

That's why you should stop talking in ';WE';.

Society doesn't decide what is ';beautiful'; for YOU. YOU decide to give your power to society and let it influence your definition of beauty.

';Society';s opinion is just as validate as an opinion of some aggressive stray dog that barks day and night. Stray dogs bark day and night because it's insane/hungry for attention - same with mainstream culture.
The reason why most people think puppies are cute is due to the built-in Human survival instinct of finding babies cute. Their faces have the same basic markers that release chemicals into our brains. The same with baby Seals. Advertisers use this in their work. Take the doll, ';Bratz'; for example. Large eyes and full lips equal superior traits to us subconsciously. We always look for the best possible ';physical'; mate before we look for an emotional or spiritual equal. Someone overweight is unattractive to us. The same person loses weight they become more attractive.
We learn to be attracted to certain things. Certainly, I am attracted to women (vagina, breast, legs, eyes, etc) without learning. But I am attracted to make-up because society as taught me that make up makes women look more attractive. What I mean is society teaches us what is hot. If I were in the middle east, eyes would be all I see in women....that's how it is. Attraction is as much social, or more so, then physical.
you can realise the beauty in everything if you want to. you're the beholder, so you can see whatever you like. but you can't make other people see what you want. you can tell them to look for it, or point it out to them but if they don't want to see it they wont.

Yes beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We are all beautiful, be it aesthetically or inner.

If I was a leper with no beauty to your eye would you, if given time, find the beauty within me.

Beauty is a word. Think of a a blind person. They can find beauty without sight.
It's true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It's also true that the majority of people tend to agree on what constitutes beauty. This is where our idealized representations of people come from.

Our view on beauty can be limited since our views our so influenced.It just depends on the person.Some are more broad minded and others are more narrow.Beauty CAN be in the eye of the beholder.
If you realized Beauty in everything then congratulations, you are entering Sainthood. Do you know what mortals doing with living Saints in most cases?

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