The Beauty Of The Beholder

1198 WordsNov 30, 20155 Pages
An all too familiar phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” has been blanketed in the minds of society throughout history. However, how much truth lies in that phrase or belief? If one is to examine the nature of this concept, beauty first and foremost needs a specific definition. Beauty is that which brings enjoyment to the person who observes or contemplates. The answer may seem self-evident when examining different cultures around the world. Ethiopian women for example, wear a lower lip clay plate to represent social class and beauty within the tribe; the bigger, the more admirable. Astonishingly enough, any woman in the United States seen wearing a lower lip clay plate would reach an extremely high level of deviance. However, there are none to argue against the unexplainable beauty of the Swiss Alps. In re-evaluation the over used cliché, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” raises room for debate, discussion, and consideration. In order to comprehend beauty in an objective form versus a subjective form, the difference between the two need clarification. Objective truths are based on facts pertaining to the physical and material world. Primary qualities for example, are objective. The size, shape, and motion of a substance remain true whether or not there is someone present to perceive these things. On the other hand, secondary qualities are subjective. Subjectivity requires a perceiver to perceive the affects of a given substance. Sound, taste, color and smell
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