Do We Have True Beauty?
Beauty is defined as a mental attribute of certain objects, which makes these objects pleasant to see. These objects could be nature, human works, and beautiful works of art. Beauty, along with personal taste and aesthetic sensibility, is the primary focus of aesthetics, one of the most important branches of contemporary philosophy. It can also be understood to be a way of classifying the aesthetic experiences of individuals. It might even be associated with the idea of a ‘natural’ aesthetic.
Beauty, however, can also be a matter of attitude. Some people may worry that they do not possess the true beauty needed to gain happiness and joy in life. They may worry that they do not look like models that are ‘in fashion’. If we think about beauty from a practical point of view, we might respond by asking what does beauty have to do with material possessions? We might ask ourselves if beauty is an indicator of wealth, affluence and beauty.
The truth, however, is that true beauty lies beyond the perceived object – it lies in the observer. We are all blessed with the ability to see beauty in things that are not ordinarily beautiful. We may worry that we do not possess the beauty needed to fulfill our needs and desires, but this can only be seen as a sign of vanity.