A common English saying is that “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. This statement is accurate in the sense that what one individual considers beautiful is not necessarily what another individual may consider beautiful. This view of beauty not being universal was presented by Plato. According to his views, beauty is something that cannot be fully defined through the senses. That is because different objects are observed in different ways by different people. This is why some people believe that beauty is something that is defined according to the experiences that one has had.
Even though everyone knows what beauty is, many people struggle to define it and convince others to concur with their views. The idea of beauty is not just a physical appearance of a person or object. Rather, it is an understanding that gives some perceptual experience to one’s eyes, ears, intellect, and moral sense. Natural, powerful, real beauty, however, originates from within the heart of individuals and when it blossoms, it is expressed as a captivating, exquisite, and alluring spirit that is not easy to contain. That is where certain ideas originate, such as “Beauty is as beauty does,” or “Beauty comes from within.” Some people are captivated by inner strength of character. As a result, they may perceive someone to have a beautiful soul.
However, individuals often appreciate beauty while they are in an aesthetic state of mind where one simply appreciates what one sees of feels. For instance a beautiful and confident woman is who many men consider as a force that is to be reckoned with. Her beauty and confidence would most likely charm most men. As a result, they might find it difficult to do anything displeasing to that female. Appreciation of beauty is often transmitted through the use of senses. Moreover, beauty is usually appreciated by people because of the pleasure they derive from an object, an individual, or even a thought.
The opposite can also be argued in the sense that some people perceive life as something that is meant to achieve beauty.
Beauty has indeed been an interesting philosophical issue from different perspectives, one of which is that it is taken as a value that is dear to human beings. Many films have illustrated this aspect of beauty. Also, those things or people thought of as beautiful tend to be appreciated more by society.
As the title of this essay suggests, one is supposed to define beauty not only from his perspective but also from the perspective of other individuals. It is through defining beauty that one may come across the universality of beauty or the lack of universality. Given that philosophers such as Plato were known to tackle the issue of beauty, it is, therefore, wise to examine the issue of beauty from the views of Plato and to compare those views with those that are commonly known or observed in an individual’s day to day life.