MY DEFINITION OF BEAUTY.
Like most people today, you believe that ‘Beauty is in the eyes of the Beholder’; you’ve presumably even heard, “you’re beautiful just the way you are,” time and again. And all through my formative years that is exactly what I believed in as well, that beauty is subjective; everything has beauty, you just need the vision.
However, today I beg to differ.
Aristotle once said, “The chief forms of beauty are order, symmetry and definiteness.” He found beauty in ‘the golden ratio’, a mathematical ratio that can be found in objects that are universally appealing. Nature, by and large, is an example of the golden ratio. It occurs frequently in the structure of plants, the relative proportions of animals or even in the ratio of physical solids. A beautiful face is beautiful in light of the fact that it fits into this numerical extent. Indeed, beauty is objective. It is mathematical.
A Da Vinci painting, Chinese calligraphy and ballet can all be characterized as, beautiful in the objective sense regarding the properties they hold. That is where beauty lies, since these are a combination of qualities that please the aesthetic senses, particularly the sight. I do admit that different things, for example, a man’s pet, granted less majestic, they evoke an aesthetic appeal for the viewer despite it lacking the pertinent properties of objectively beautiful things.
However, beauty is a universal aspect of life. For instance,a painting is aesthetically pleasing irrespective of the fact that an individual says that it is not. Despite of how your eyes attempt to see the work of art, you can’t change the truth of its aesthetics.
Don’t get me wrong, beauty is objective, but attraction isn’t. Attraction is completely abstract. So yes, you may find someone who is not beautiful attractive. Yes, you may likewise perceive someone who is beautiful not attractive.
So while most skincare companies preach how we should all experience beauty (bundled into a white matte box so you’ll buy it, bathe in it, and praise it), while self-help bloggers and magazines spread the myth you too can be beautiful in the event that you simply believe it, they’re all loosing on an exceptionally critical truth – what’s on the inside does matter, but this is not ‘beauty.’
There is value in what is inside the painting just as much as there is outside of it. A painting that idealises beauty is the one that is beautiful looking, and has ideas with a sense of symbolism. The same can also be said for humans, proving that what’s on the inside does matter, however, in order to attain real beauty, we must be aesthetically pleasing to the eyes even on the outside!
The blue waters of Maldives, snow-covered Alp mountains and the tall skyscrapers of New York are world renowned holiday destinations. Why is it that almost 34 million tourists decide to experience the cherry blossom season in Japan, or the pastel-hued coastal villages in Greece? The jaw-dropping appeal and stunning aesthetics at these places stimulates a chemical reaction in the brain that releases a hormone, making you experience Aristotle’s golden ratio.
That is when the words come out of your mouth, “This is beautiful.”
It is clearly no mystery that human beings enjoy looking at aesthetically pleasing things, regardless of whether it be art, nature or simply people. When you are in a museum, do you not want to leave the arbitrary artistic creations of pseudo innovation and go straight to the classics, where aesthetics reigns supreme? Our eyes are drawn to beauty, to the satisfying hues, lines and shapes of the world around us, which in turn play a significant role in arousing a vast array of feelings.