Is beauty really “in the eye of the beholder”?

September 02, 2021

Is beauty really “in the eye of the beholder”?

Dear Reader,

The dictionary defines "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," to mean that the perception of beauty is subjective - what one person finds beautiful another may not.

This means beauty doesn't exist on its own but is created by observers. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then the person who is observing gets to decide what is beautiful.

Could that be true? Is beauty really defined by other people’s perception of what beauty is to them?

I don’t think so. Unpopular opinion? Probably.

I believe the opposite. That beauty is not subjective. Beauty is intrinsic. Some people are just blind to it. In other words, everything that has been created was created with beauty. Just because someone may not see it, doesn’t mean that it isn’t there.

But many of us believe (and live out of the place) that beauty is really determined by who around us chooses to see it and communicate it to us.

What do you think? Do you believe beauty is objective or subjective?

 

Until next week...

Amber




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