Do We Need To Be Beautiful?
Beauty is widely defined as a subjective aspect of human objects, which makes these objects aesthetically pleasing to perceive. Such objects may include sunsets, landscapes, beautiful humans and beautiful works of art. Beauty, along with beauty, is the most significant subject of aesthetics, among the many branches of natural philosophy. It is also the oldest form of aesthetic thought.
Subjective beauty differs from objective beauty in that it depends upon an inner judgment as to whether the object is considered beautiful. This can be compared to the aesthetic sense, which relies on the judgment of others as to whether a work of art is beautiful or not. Aesthetics as a branch of natural philosophy has been in existence since the seventeenth century; however its role in contemporary society has increased greatly due to the influence of the Romanticists, who romanticized the idea of beauty and placed it in a wider cultural context. Their conception of beauty involved a more subjective approach than that of nineteenth century naturalists, who often regarded their work of art in terms of an objective standard. In modern times, however, the beauty has become associated with the ability of a work of art to stimulate our sense of purpose, which can lead to self-fulfillment, thus the tendency to value beauty as an aesthetic object.
There are two basic ways by which we may define beauty. We may lump all beautiful things under the umbrella of ‘esthesia,’ which involves a subjective mental state created by seeing a beautiful object. Alternatively, we may use a more objective approach and liken beauty to the qualities of water, such as its ability to refresh us when we come in contact with it. In this latter form of beauty, we could also include the mental state that comes with contemplating beautiful things. When we choose to view the world in this way, beauty could be seen to exist independent of human sentiment, thereby avoiding the problematic connections between beauty and sentiment.
However, many may worry that the very idea of beauty creates an emotional response, which may motivate people to pursue an object of beauty. The danger here is that we begin to think that beauty is a matter of physical appearance alone. While physical beauty might certainly contribute to the definition of beauty, the emotional component is much more significant and one that should be equally valued and pursued. Just as there are many forms of art, there are also many ways of valuing beauty in general.
Some people argue that some forms of beauty are only useful in providing a point of connection between the world and our own lives. By placing certain objects or scenes within the frame of our minds, we can experience a sort of meditation, which may have psychological effects on our behavior. While there may be some truth to this idea, it should not be the basis for determining beauty. Beauty is a subjective concept, which means that there may be no precise meaning attributed to the term. Beauty is a unique, personal quality, and while there may be universal definitions of beauty, they will bear little resemblance to the true beauty that each person beholds.
While we may worry that we are too closely tied to the concepts of beauty, it is important to remember that beauty is a unique quality, which is completely individual. This means that no two people, for instance, may be defined as beautiful, in the same way. In most cases, beauty is something that is deep and internal, and not something that can be measured externally. For most people, the beauty is found within, rather than on, or in front of, their eyes.