So doesn't beauty follow a set of timeless standards, and not in the eyes of the beholder?
People and centuries change..but pattern don't.If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, than why do so many people define beauty through...?
There was a movie 10 years ago THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS
Abby Barnes (Janeane Garofalo) should have it all. She's a veterinarian and successful host of her own radio talk show called ';The Truth About Cats and Dogs,'; where she entertainingly dispenses useful advice to befuddled pet owners (';It's O.K. to love your pet, but you shouldn't love your pet,'; she tells a listener who's let his cat lick his face for hours, not surprisingly inducing a rash ). Abby's smart, funny, and plays a mean violin. But she's not tall and blond--and routinely gets overlooked when it comes to romance.
Noelle Slusarsky (Uma Thurman), on the other hand, is tall and blonde. She's also kind, generous, and a little lost. Her career as a model isn't all that satisfying, and her relationships with men could provide fodder for a multi-part series on Oprah, Jenny and/or Ricki.
Enter Brian (Ben Chaplin), a photographer who finds himself on the wrong end of a roller skating Great Dane. He turns to radio host Abby for help, and he's charmed when she solves his snarling problem with a dose of common sense combined with disarming humor and grace.
Intrigued by Abby's beguiling charm, evident to him even over the radio airwaves, Brian invites her to meet him so he can thank her in person. Abby nearly agrees, that is until he utters those dreaded five words-- ';What do you look like?'; Rather than suffer what she is sure will be another rejection, Abby describes herself as a tall blonde (who looks very much like her neighbor Noelle), and makes plans--with the intention of never keeping them--to meet Brian.
But the persistent and besmitten Brian seeks out Abby, finding her at work. A panicked Abby asks Noelle, who happens to be visiting Abby at the station, to assume Abby's identity, setting in motion an escalating series of comic and romantic crises. Without knowing what's hit him, Brian falls head-over-heels for someone who could very well be his perfect soul mate. But, in the process, he's also going to discover the not-so-simple truth about the woman he loves..That she's really not the woman he loves.
At one point, he tells Abby (not knowing that she is the woman he loves):
';People change as you get to know them. A woman you might barely notice turns into the most beautiful thing in the world when you get to know her.If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, than why do so many people define beauty through...?
I think your misunderstanding the quote. there are certain features that people (mainly teenagers) find appealing, this part is true. but that has nothing to do with the quote. the quote is saying that what one person may find beautiful the other may not. some men like large women, some like thin, or some prefer different ethnicity's. but mostly the quote has to do with inner beauty. some of the most beautiful exteriors have the most foul hearts and personalities.
Don't let someone tell you what beauty is. you should decide this for yourself.
That's true. We can all agree that someone like Pamela Anderson is hot. But when they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they mean that to describe times when your friend thinks someone is hot while you don't. Like me and my friends sometimes have discrepancies on who we think is hotter.
Likewise, one person may think a car is better looking while another person may think another car is cooler. You use the phrase to describe the discrepancies when this happens.
You're defining the western concept of beauty and it does seem an evolutionary aspect as well as a cultural one. Beauty doesn't always cross cultures and race in the same manner.
Yet, I don't understand why, evolutionarily, why we need beauty consistancies that seem so narrow.
You answered you own question.
Many sayings are not worth the words they are written with.
This saying is trying to euphemism the word '; beauty '; instead of using the perfectly good words such as kindness, intelligence, goodness and a host of other perfectly serviceable words.
Maybe the beauty which is beheld is one's own beauty.
The other concept you speak of including bilateral symetry is gentics.
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder