Beauty is all around. From mere thoughts to most magnificent views and spectacles that can, at best, only be seen once in a lifetime. Yet, people see beauty differently and what could be seen as gracious for one can be disgusting for fellow next to him. This conflict sparks a few thoughts and the expression of them can be put into the question “is beauty a matter of interpretation or recognition?”
Every day we perceive stimulus and we grant that stimulus a property, which only exists if we exist. Such a property, which is associated with positive feeling stimulating attraction, is called beauty. Beauty is created systematically from person to person under different, unconsciously personalized criteria. Thus, new stimulus is brought to lines of our intuitions. More importantly, it means that we, people, create it and act as blacksmiths of transcendental beauty. However, one could speculate that the property of beauty can be derived from a priori knowledge, once empirical experience is in possession of the agent and becomes universal when certain experience comes to possession.
We can look at beauty as being a universal property in an individual or a group. If we understand beauty as universal, thus, its properties become universal. If beauty is in objects themselves then it is only a matter of recognition. While such view is uncommon and usually approached with scepticism it still is eligible. In practical sense, it would imply that the shallow approach regarding beauty, or even lack of it, is the attempt to find and know it. In case of a failure or false recognition, beauty is granted properties beyond its reach and associations created with it are merely from a fallacy. The fallacy arises when a property of an object, more often, a person, is attributed to beauty without proper reasoning. In turn, not considering irrationality, it arises from lack of knowledge. From this, we could get the idea that a person with perfect perception would understand beauty as it is. If such is the case, then beauty is a subject that when studied allows us to know it, not only perceive it. In such a world one could not ignore the fact that beauty is all around waiting to be found and examined.
Yet we assume beauty to be our property, which connects our intuitions with stimulus. We finally approach the ways beauty influences our everyday life. Knowing that beauty is subjective enforce of intuitions, most likely an unconscious one, there, then, is an influence over our decisions based on judgments. We can start with publicly accepted ones, such as, that more attractive (beautiful) women have a tenancy to acquire better-paid positions, compared to less attractive women. Yet, we can pursue beauty’s implications created by great many of individuals and affecting a single individual. Such an individual is affected by common perception and self-perception is influenced by how he fits standards of society, in this case along lines of beauty. We can go beyond that, stating that, as beauty is a necessary tool for irrationality to strive, it influences us on, not only conscious but also unconscious levels. Then, it has a variety of implications. [I must note that it is highly speculative whether beauty acts independently, as a reactionary form to what is going around or dependently on us and makes influence on conscious levels alone] The society itself, striving on irrational basis, is making efforts towards making things beautiful and pleasing to look at. It is evident and all around us. Pragmatic approach shaded by what pleases the eye. Beauty can act as a balance when men fall to ideas of materialism. As we progress, leaving the rest of the world behind, we sit back and enjoy what we created and we start making it in such way that would show its aesthetic side. Of course, for such balancing act to be in place we have to give in to our instincts, if we have such. While we discuss a variety of topics with people around it is still a matter of opinion what to do. Though there is a constant push for reasoning and logical consistency in the end, it comes down to whether one can acknowledge it or not. Rhetoric seems to engage in the beauty of the speech. Beauty, then, provides the end result for ones beliefs, of course if we assume that beauty, indeed, is of greatest sort and is regarded as a joy, not a burden.
It is partly, then, up to beauty to decide what kind of a life we hold. As each one of us is part of society we ought to recognize that beauty is there all the time and it is up to us to use such knowledge either to eradicate it, promote it or bring it within the lines of true irrationality of emotions and from there build on it.