Beauty – A Subjective Concept
Beauty is often defined as a subjective quality of certain objects that creates these objects interesting to see. Such objects may include sunsets, landscapes, humans and exquisite works of artwork. Beauty, along with personal aesthetic sense, is probably the most important area of aesthetics, among the largest branches of science. The word “beauty” has various meanings according to different cultures.
For example, in some areas of the world, beauty is defined by the ability of a landscape to inspire creativity. On the other hand, in other area’s beauty is equated with the absence of things that are considered as “clutter.” Clutter is often equated with dullness or ugliness. The beauty surrounds us and we should be able to see it at all times.
In many cases the aesthetic sense is related to human touch. Beauty surrounds us and we can only see it by experiencing it. However, we should not always equate beauty with human touch because animals experience beauty just the same way. Animals can also appreciate beauty just the same. Animals have an innate aesthetic sense and without which they would not survive.
Beauty surrounds us everywhere but how do we perceive it? Perception is based on our five senses (sense of sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing). We are attracted to certain things depending on our perception of beauty. This is why beauty is seen in the environment around us. When we go out into the wild, we encounter wild animals in their natural habitat and depending on our perception of beauty we may choose to approach or stay away from them. Our behavior becomes conditioned by what we think is beautiful.
Beauty surrounds us everywhere but how do we see it? We can look at nature and its creations for beauty and even try to imitate it in our daily lives. A beautiful tree may make us think of tranquility and peace. A serene river may bring about a sense of calmness and stillness.
Beauty surrounds us everywhere but how do we know that beauty is around us? Is it part of our reality and does it affect our lives in any way? People are quick to judge those surrounding them but usually take no notice of those things that surround themselves. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why there are so many people who consider beauty to be a subjective idea.