What Is Beauty?
Beauty is one word that can mean different things to different people. For example, some may see beauty as an inanimate object, something that is not alive. Others may look at beauty as an internal state, something that is achieved through the self. Still others believe that beauty is something that is subjective, something that is felt and seen by the individual looking at the object. Beauty, with both beauty and artistry, is perhaps the most important and fundamental theme of aesthetics, at least among many philosophers.
The debate between what is beauty, and what is art, goes back to the very beginnings of culture and mankind. Many argue that beauty is merely a physical trait that is passed down from parent to child. Other philosophers and social scientists point to beauty as something that is inherently artistic, and therefore something that we create through our values, concepts and beliefs. Still, there are many who believe that beauty, regardless of its creation process, is something that should be possessed by all. It is something that each person projects, and that each culture projects, regardless of their surroundings.
Defining beauty is a difficult task. Defining beauty also entails defining what is “good” and “bad”, as well as the boundaries between the two. For many cultures, beauty is seen to be in the eyes of the beholder, and is subjective to the eye of the beholder. In other words, beauty may be defined in a variety of different ways. Beauty may be seen as something that is in the eye of the beholder, something that may be valued in one culture, but not valued in another.
When looking at definitions of beauty, it is important to note that beauty itself is vague. There are many definitions of beauty. However, what is typically seen as beauty is beauty according to the cultural and societal expectations of beauty. The beauty-judgment-free zone is very narrow, and therefore beauty is seen as something that is not relative to any one definition or set of definitions. Because beauty is subjective, beauty cannot be objectively measured.
Because of this, beauty is a very subjective concept. What may be beautiful to you, someone else may find beauty lacking, and still others may not see anything at all that they deem to be beauty at all. This wide variety of individual preferences for beauty provides an environment in which beauty can vary widely – beauty standards are extremely subjective, and beauty varies across cultures and time periods. As such, beauty is seen on an individual scale.
A definition of beauty varies as much as the definition of language itself. The best definition of beauty is a universal one: that something is beautiful if it satisfies some deep, internal desire. The beauty standards that we base our opinions and judgments on are personal, and not agreed to by any specific culture or society. Beauty therefore is subjective – it relies on your own thoughts, feelings, and ideas about beauty.