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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

the beholder of beauty

Lawrence says: Beauty is a characteristic of a person, animal, place, object, or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure, meaning, or satisfaction.

 Beauty is studied as part of aesthetics, sociology, social psychology, and culture. An "ideal beauty" is an entity which is admired, or possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture, for perfection.

The experience of "beauty" often involves the interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature, which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well-being.

 Because this is a subjective experience, it is often said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

 In its most profound sense, beauty may engender a salient experience of positive reflection about the meaning of one's own existence.  A subject of beauty is anything that resonates with personal meaning.

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