Often we think beauty is all about the visual aspect of someone or something. Lets look at a couple of examples on how we use the word beauty: beautiful girl, beautiful song, beautiful performance, beautiful weather, beautiful speech, beautiful scenery, beautiful house, beautiful smell, beautiful character, beautiful smile etc. So now think again, what really is beauty? We attribute beauty to both tangibles and intangibles. Beauty is not confined to our eyes but all our 5 senses sense beauty.
We interpret our reality through our physical form. To a certain degree the aspect of beauty is hardwired into the biological form that we are. That’s the reason why every species find its mate within its own species. There was a research conducted on new born infants. In the research the infants were shown pictures of whom we consider good-looking and ugly. It was observed that the infants stared longer at the pictures of whom we generally consider good-looking and turned their heads away quickly from the pictures of those we consider ugly.
Often our concept of beauty is overridden by the social norms of the society that we grow-up in. For example fat girls are considered beautiful in some cultures (Africa, Fiji etc). With globalization we are coming closer towards a global view on beauty just like everything else. The global view is often shaped by the cooperate advertisements that is part of our day to day life.
When something can generate excitement, joy and delight within us, we call it beautiful. Next time when you sense something beautiful, monitor your feelings. Beauty is the association of our good feelings with anything tangibles or intangibles. Sense of beauty is partially hardwired into the biological system for the purpose of sustaining life and ensure its continuation, and is partially what we socially create and adopt. All these points to the fact that beauty is not exactly what is external but its what’s internal. Thus we have the saying “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”. But again, its not in the eyes, its deep within each of us.