Analyzing Aesthetics

Analyzing Aesthetics

 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This statement is one of the most widely used and easily understood idioms in the world. It’s meaning expresses plainly that the preferences of each person differ from the last. Sure, this may be true on the surface, and there are certainly differences in the personal taste of every individual, there always seems to be a common thread running through these ideas of beauty, however mismatched they may be.
The subjectivity of this issue is what has always made it a hot topic of discussion, and the two polarities of the arguments are always at odds. On one end, it is believed that beauty is something that is inherent; something that is used as a sort of marker of evolution for us to identify the strongest possible genes. Scientists believe that the perceived beauty of people, places, aromas, sounds and feelings have all been remarkably adapted so that, when placed in the relevant situation the human mind is most adapted to survival.
Symmetry has always been considered to be a large part of what is considered beautiful. Going all the way back to Ancient Greece and the ideas of the great philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, who believed that symmetry and “The Golden Ratio” were what defined beauty.
These ratios are seen everywhere, even in modern society. Facial features and body measurements are all judged by the symmetry and structure, and those who long to have it, are now able to go through aesthetic surgery to enhance features that are there, or even sometimes completely change features to adapt to modern ideas of what is beautiful.
While the statement put forward at the beginning of this article may ring true, there has always been a general agreement that beauty has some designated features that everyone (however broadly) adheres to.
Aesthetic medicine has become one of the most profitable industries in the world for this very reason. New techniques and procedures are being perfected as scientific research improves, and the result is that beauty is becoming more and more achievable (at least physically).
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