Friday, October 14, 2011

On Beauty

I spent a good bit of time within a philosophical mindset.  I oftentimes slip back into it, but that's not exactly a bad thing.  Today, I want to talk about my view on beauty.

Many would agree that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  For the most part.  After all, the majority of us guys can agree that Angelina Jolie is a beautiful woman.  We can probably even agree on several other women the same way a majority of women could agree that certain men are 'yummy enough to eat'.  Their words, not mine.

But what else can we say about beauty?  And, as this is my blog, what can I say about beauty?  The Greeks, who get quoted far too often, gave us the golden ratio of beauty, where physical features built on that ratio were better, beauty-wise, than those that were not.  I see beauty as two sides of a single coin:  classical beauty and personal beauty. 

Classical beauty is what many, possibly most, men and women work toward for the first half of their lives.  This is dieting, exercising, hair styling, clothes shopping, and makeup wearing.  This is the outside, the shallow side, yet a required side (to some extent).

Personal beauty, in my opinion, is more important than classical beauty.  It's the character, the inner strength, the deep knowledge, the geekiness, and the habits.  This is what makes a person a person.  This is the inner side, the deeper side, yet the overlooked side (to some extent).

A relationship based only on classical beauty (*couch*celebrities*cough*) tend to either not last or become dangerous.  A relationship where one person focuses on classical beauty and the other personal beauty, leads to cheating.  A relationship based only on personal beauty doesn't make it much past 'friends'. 

As much as I hate to say it, both are required.  As much as I would like to look past the outer shell of a person and focus solely on the inside, biology and culture make that near impossible.  I want to have some passion in a romantic relationship.  But I also want it to be long term.  That requires classical beauty and personal beauty.  That requires total beauty.

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