What is beauty?
For many centuries people have been wondering what the beauty is, but up to the present day there is neither definite answer nor a shared vision. Beauty can hardly mean the same to all the people because we are different and our standards and tastes differ as well. We all think that someone or something is beautiful when it provides a perceptual experience of pleasure, placidity and satisfaction.
It is a well-known fact that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is a subjective concept. The individual understanding of this notion develops in some entity being in balance and harmony with nature, which leads to the feeling of admiration andemotional well-being, but this entity is not alike for different people.
Beauty comes in many forms, as it is a very wide concept. Even if we take thebeauty of a person: people can judge his or her physical or inner beauty, beauty of the eyes, of behavior and intentions, etc. Which of these beauties is the most important?
When we see a person for the first time, we always start with assessment of his/herphysical beauty. Appearance is not a reliable guide to qualities that a person may have, because we cannot catch them with our eyes. Maybe that is the reason why sometimes parents are against friends of their children or against a person their child wants to marry.
They see only skin-deep beauty, but appearance is deceptive, whereas their child knows this person from different sides and can judge him or her fairly.
Chekhov, one of the great Russian writes, said: “Everything should be beautiful in a person: his face and his clothes, his soul and his thoughts”. I completely agree with him and believe that to consider a person beautiful, we need to find beauty both physically and internally. Usually, it happens in accordance with the same algorithm: we meet a person and first of all judge his outward beauty, then we start to assess his or her inner beauty and finally, if we like him or her from both these aspects, it serves as a prerequisite for long-term relations.
To sum what I’ve said, I want to emphasize many-sidedness and variety of beauty. Never be hasty in shaping your opinion about a person based solely on his or her appearance. It will help you to avoid great mistakes!