Be Clever, Not Beautiful
by, 08-14-09 at 10:51 PM (667 Views)
Better to be clever, not beautiful.
Just read some guy's corny social-cliched profile with the quote, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".
I don't agree.
Beauty is intrinsic and isn't a transaction between the Beholder and the Perceived.
Beauty shouldn't be "given" by the Beholder to the Perceived as a validity - I perceive
you as "beauty", therefore, I give you this label of beauty, therefore, you are beautiful.
Beauty is intrinsic.
I prefer David Hume's take on that tired 'eye of the beholder' cliche,
"Beauty in things exists merely in the mind which contemplates them."
To clarify my understanding of Hume's quote, he suggests that one is moved so often by what they inherently feel and understand as intrinsic and innate; the very essence of something, the unspoken validation of the moment, the genuine, the real. Is it possible for an item, one that requires an exchange of money or barter of goods, be as genuine and pure as say, the brush of a baby's hair across your face, as they nuzzle to you in their afternoon nap? Or the subtle wink of a passerby acknowledging your existence in an otherwise lost sea of daily grind?
The status quo would have us believe that the ideal is what's been known throughout the ages, that beauty, intrinsic or surface, is truly in the eye of the beholder, and if I create or own or see what I believe to be of worth and beauty, therefore it is.
No. Beauty is intrinsic.