Beauty – Is There Really Such a Thing?

Beauty is often defined as a mental quality of objects which makes these objects aesthetically pleasing to see. Such objects can be sunsets, landscapes, beautiful people and exquisite works of art. Beauty, along with aesthetic sense, is perhaps the most important part of aesthetics, among the various branches of science. In fact, aesthetic appreciation constitutes one of the three major divisions of science; aesthetics includes visual science, psychology and sociology.


The social media has become an increasingly important force in our lives today. Social media allows us to connect with others who share similar interests or who have the same level of beauty as we do. A social media allows us to share beauty tips that we have acquired from other sources such as magazines, blogs and the fashion industry itself. The beauty tips shared by these users often serve as a sort of code of beauty for those who are less acquainted with the finer details of beauty.

When an individual looks at another person, he/she tries to decipher whether the person possesses what is needed to possess “the face of beauty”. Is the face of beauty clean and smooth; is it symmetrically situated; is there enough color? And above all, is it somewhat pleasing to the human aesthetic sense? Each of these questions requires its own complex answer which will ultimately depend on each individual beholder’s personal moral sense and his/her understanding of beauty.

For many, beauty is found in a specific field such as the physical aspect of beauty which is most easily seen in the physical aspects of humans such as their appearance. While beauty is present in the physical aspect of a human being, it is also necessary to note that beauty exists in the mind of a person in order to be appreciated. A beautiful being therefore consists of both the physical body and the mind of a person. As such, beauty is not only about physical aspects but also about a person’s mental makeup – both the inner and outer beauty.

However, as the mind of a person is subjective, it is hard for any two people to agree on what is not beauty. This has led to the belief that beauty is a matter of opinion where each beholder would label a certain attribute of a person as beauty regardless of how the attribute is judged by another. However, beauty is not subjective so those who disagree with others can at least agree on the general aspect that beauty surrounds us in all aspects of life.

Beauty therefore is both a subjective and a objective aspect. The beholder will often disagree with the object of beauty but both stand at the threshold of beauty. As such, it can become a rather difficult thing to determine the definition of beauty when you take into consideration all the definitions and variations of beauty. A simple example can be seen in the human body. All forms of animals are considered beautiful in their own ways but the human body is unique in that human eyes are often attracted to even the most mundane parts of the body such as the hands, feet, face, and ears. Similarly, all forms of psoriasis are considered beautiful in and of themselves but only one type of psoriasis is actually considered to be beautiful by the individuals who suffer from it.