The old proverb states that beauty is in the eye of the beholder; that is, there cannot be such thing as objective beauty and the one man’s idea of what is beautiful may be considerably different from what somebody else thinks about it. However, through the course of time there have been certain concepts that, although allowing the understanding, always limited beauty with certain boundaries. And even though there exist ideas of beauty that are very, very different from what the majority of people think, it is still so: there is majority that shares more or less definite opinion and minority that have unusual opinions of their own.
I think that the only safe definition of beauty is a kind of harmony of form that makes a thing pleasant to look at for ourselves. Not for the majority, because its opinion tends to change. If, for example, we look at the ideals of woman’s beauty of the Renaissance painters or Greek sculptors, the majority of modern people – both men and women – would be somewhat disgusted. The only thing that is absolute is our own opinion, however paradoxical it may sound.
But still, even judging by our previous example, there are some aspects that…
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.
To sum up what I’ve said...