How can we explain beauty?
When you see a solitary leaf fall from an autumn tree, do you see beauty? Or do you simply see a lead that is dying as it tumbles to the earth?
When you see a women walk by, are you looking at her, or simply her physical exterior? Can you see the tremors her lips make as she keeps back her tears or simply admiring her outside beauty?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In Oriental Asia, Koreans are considered some of the most beautiful of all Oriental Asians. In Europe it is people from Iceland. Take someone from each of these areas and they will have hardly any similar features. So can physical beauty be considered a determinant?
Well, actually, yes. There are those with extreme physical beauty and we must admire them for it for it is appropriate. There are others who have extreme inner beauty and they too deserve recognition. Who is more beautiful, Nelson Mandela or say Paris Hilton? It would be hard to deny that Paris Hilton is the fairer of the two, so let us choose a different question. Who of the two has led a more beautiful life?
So how can we rate the beauty of something? Does it depend upon its quality, colour or shape? Does the number 1.618, the golden ratio in nature have anything to do with it?
That is up to you. You can define beauty anyway you like it to be. If your favourite colour is blue, a car that is blue could be more beautiful than one in red. If you like sleek shapes, a certain brand of cars will be held in higher esteem. Beauty cannot be defined because it has to be discovered by each individual on their own.