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Beauty Defined

Updated on May 4, 2013

What is beauty anyway? Why do so many differing views exist on what beauty really is? “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is commonly used to justify our divergent perspectives. Sometimes persons feel insecure about what they consider to be beautiful and try to validate their opinions. Are these roses beautiful? If so, why? Is it because when we look at them we not only enjoy a pleasing sensation but we also remember their lovely scent?

Beauty has been defined as a combination of qualities that pleases the senses, particularly the sight. Beauty has also been used to describe intellectually or morally appealing elements. What do you think is beautiful?

Many women may look at these pearls and admire them for their beauty. Pearls have been associated with elegance and class for centuries and can be very expensive. Do you think they are beautiful? If so, would you still feel the same way if you discovered that they were 'faux' pearls? Why?

Oftentimes our perception of beauty is influenced by past experiences or insights rather than simply the 'beholding' of it, isn't it?

"Behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil." Song of Solomon 4:1

What about her? Is she beautiful? Is it her smile, her features, or a combination of both? What do you know about her? If I told you that she was an abusive mother and a hurtful friend, would you still consider her to be beautiful?

My question to you today is "are you beautiful?" Are you someone who brings joy and light into the lives of the people you interact with? Do you love people? Are you caring and compassionate? Are you a source of comfort to those you have relationships with? Do you enjoy living, and it shows? Well then, I think you are beautiful and if you aren't yet, you can be!


Could you be described as a beautiful person?

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