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Does beauty exist?

Does beauty exist? A simple question. To all those who see the sunsets, who enjoy the beaches, or the mere presence of a young woman, does beauty exist? Is it physical, that we can look at an object and call it 'beauty', or is it something more?

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  • Oct 24 2011: Yes. Yes. Not exactly. Not a thing but a descriptive.

    "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced…[b]ut I know it when I see it…"

    I think one of the most interesting aspects to beauty is that as much as we attempt to define it, there seem to be too many outliers to create a definitive codex. This in my opinion is a good thing.

    I think it is important to recognize [and I think many of us do] that beauty as an aspect of cultural identity changes. I think what we embrace, what we accept, what we desire, we want to trust or have faith in we call beautiful.

    Sometimes it is also revealing to examine the negative space, the 'not beautiful' in order to understand it more. Sometimes looking at what we call obscene, ugly, disgusting or profane allows us to better know why we label things as beautiful.

    I am a fan of the dynamic systems approach. When one examines one person's life under that lens, it is very complicated. Add another and even more so. Add a whole culture of people and it becomes a mammoth task. Rather than *defining* what is beautiful though, it becomes less unwieldy to *observe* what others identify as beautiful.

    To me how we react to what we judge as beautiful versus ugly is even more interesting.

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