12 Ways to Think About Beauty

What is beauty?

For most of us today, when we think of beauty, we probably think of our favorite movie stars, famous models, or TV celebrities.

For example, many people admire Kim Kardashian.

Tastes and preferences have changed throughout history, but Kim Kardashian probably epitomizes today’s “ideal beauty”.

Kardashian in Sydney, Australia for E! News: Red carpet and dinner at Nield Ave 2012. Image credit Eva Rinaldi
Kardashian in Sydney, Australia for E! News: Red carpet and dinner at Nield Ave 2012. Image credit Eva Rinaldi

An “ideal beauty” is someone or something that is admired or possesses features widely attributed to beauty and perceptions of perfection in a particular culture.

Beauty can be a characteristic of an object, idea, or place that provides some level of a perceptual sense of pleasure or satisfaction.

Our experience of “beauty” is really our interpretation of how something balances or harmonizes with our evolved sense of what is more likely to lead to our survival as a human species.

Beauty is subjective, as acknowledged in the popular phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

Whatever our sense of what constitutes beauty, we are drawn to things which give us feelings of attraction and emotional well-being.

Here are 12 other things of great beauty—some made by mankind, some made by nature. Pick your favorites.

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David James

David James

A Brit living in the United States, I'm interested in how we can better use technology to learn and collaborate. My interests include history, creativity & innovation, British culture and travel, philosophy in business, and educational technology.

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