Evan G. Wilson - On Beauty

What is the objectivity of Beauty? That last statement presumes that there is no relative truth to beauty since it is the epitome of irrational thought to suggest that A is also not A.

Moving on, how do we find objective truth to that which is good beauty and not beauty. The power of definition is our bridge to telling others that they are wrong. It has been said before that he who makes the definitions wins the argument.

I have simply brought this up to explore what kind of definitions for beauty people have made for themselves.

-Beauty is that which is aged.
-Beauty is that which is new.
-Beauty is achieved through a concept.
-Beauty is catchy.
-Beauty is anything that makes me sad.
-Beauty is anything that makes me happy.
-Beauty is communism.
-Beauty is capitalism.
-Beauty is man.
-Beauty is nature.
-Beauty is fun.
-Beauty is conventional.
-Beauty is the Ubermensch.

For all to know, none of these are beauty. Try again. Though, I would like people to tell me what their idea of Beauty is. Shoot.

1 comment:

J. Hedges said...

This is an interesting question. I would have to answer that to understand the objectivity of beauty you must begin by understanding that A sometimes is not *merely* A. Sometimes, A is also something you are barely capable of comprehending, so until you do A is just A.

Be certain that beauty is not subjective--it's just that some people are more apt to detect certain beauties than others are. There is beauty inscribed on every wave of invisible light, every grain of sand and every supergiant star, whether or not we are aware of it. This is because Beauty, in and of itself, is the trace evidence, the smothering of fingerprints, left by the Creator, inevitably fused to everything that is created, so that the absence of the Creator's direct attention is the absence of beauty.