Thursday, October 02, 2008

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Isis from ANTM Cycle11

Please define beauty.

The picture you saw above is a transgender. I'm not sexism, nor I look down on trapped soul in wrong body. I was wondering how the people nowadays define beauty? Do they not feminize the word "beauty" anymore? Well, it's a common thing where we tag the metrosexual guys as beauty nowadays.

There is something always confused me. I know, "beauty" is a very personal thing. Everyone has different point of view on what "beauty" is. Try to google "beauty", surprisingly, you will find such beauty:

Beauty in African tribe

So, how do you define beauty? Scholar have said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", meaning each and everyone of us possessed certain extent of beauty in us, but somehow, these beauties may not be appreciated or agreed by others. Bizarre, breath-taking, charming, delightful, splendid, statuesque, graceful, beautimus, beautimus maximus. Innate beauty versus artificial, natural versus modified.

Now, How do we define beauty?
Is there any standard we may refer in differentiating beauty and ugly?
Now this is what they called beauty:

Clark from ANTM Cycle11

Samantha from ANTM Cycle11

Still, I know, these may be processed, but, isn't it beautiful?


Christy said...

Exactly, beauty is an undefined subject - everyone has their perception. What I find beautiful may be average or even below the standard for you and vice versa.
Guess that's why they always play it safe by stating the 'Beauty lies in the Eyes of the Beholder' which is not wrong.

Imagine if the whole world define beauty the same way, we will end up everyone falling in love with only one thing and one particular person, right?
Interesting thought to ponder on...*smiles*

--kAiBa-- said...

yes, the statement was so universally true but just that it seems without a clear boundaries how wide should the beholder's eye be.

haha! that'll be the worst case scenario in which the whole world falling for the same thing, which reminds me the scene in the "perfume: a story of a murderer", scary huh?

MingSheng said...

Let me introduce you to Kant.

Then let me introduce you to his critique of Judgement, on the Beautiful and on the Sumlime

To aid your comprehension (as I understand his discourse is very dry), here is a link to his arguments in simpler language

And there I have given you, a concise definition for the beautiful, and my argument against the common saying that "beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder".


--kAiBa-- said...

Fantastic mind and philosophical bombardment. Immanuel Kant on the argument of the statement!

"there is no objective property of a thing that makes it beautiful"... mind provoking statement.

Thanks for the sharing though!