Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? We try to define beauty as that which brings enjoyment to the person who looks or contemplates. When we say something is beautiful, are we recommending to others that they should take delight in it? Beauty may be intersubjective, but is it objective? Can we argue rationally about whether something is beautiful? Is beauty both skin deep and in the eye of the beholder? How do we distinguish surface beauty and deep beauty and should we?
If we think something is beautiful then we want everyone to agree with us. Should we propose the idea that perception is a skill. Would the world be better off if everyone agreed on what is beautiful? I say no to that as the world would not be better off because what we find beautiful is a reflection of our personality and individuality. What can we learn about ourselves from what we find beautiful? I think that it illuminates our style. Is taste a function of education and economics?
Is natural beauty ever better than constructed beauty, like in art or music? Not necessarily. Do beauty and happiness go together? Not in my opinion. What is the relation between beauty and the sublime? The sublime is our reaction in the face of something so overpowering that it consumes or obliterates us. There is a saying that truth is beauty and beauty is truth, but is that correct? Probably not. Why does beauty matter? Well, it just does. GG x