Self-Acknowledgement is the Key to Beauty
Whether or not something is beautiful can be a debated topic, from Kant and Hume to contemporary philosophers like Daniel Dennett and Julia Cameron. But whatever the debate is about, one thing is clear – we have an innate bias for beauty. Certainly, there is a certain symmetry to the face that many people find pleasing. The aesthetic qualities of a person can vary, depending on their age, gender, race, weight, and more. What is beautiful to you can also be influenced by popular culture.
If you look at a flower, or a sunset, you probably don’t judge it. So it’s important to create a fourth mirror in which to view yourself, untouched by comparison, accusation, or judgment. Instead, embrace self-acceptance and see yourself as the beauty you are. By doing this, you’ll find that the idea of beauty becomes more meaningful. It’s the ultimate power trip for beauty industry. If you’re ready to step into a new world of self-acceptance, this is the time to take action.
Philosophers have debated what makes an object beautiful. Kant’s treatment of beauty is akin to hedonism, while Plotinus’ ecstatic neo-Platonism includes the idea that a beautiful object calls out for love. Some philosophers view beauty as something we should appreciate and use, while others find it a completely subjective experience. Whatever the case, we need to recognize that beauty is subjective.