Beauty – It Is More Than Skin Deep

Beauty is often defined as a subjective feature of things which makes these things pleasurable to see. These things could be landscapes, sunsets, beautiful humans and artistic works of art. In its broadest sense, beauty can also be a quality of a situation or of an object that makes it aesthetically pleasing. The beauty of an object serves as the basis for its value, and many philosophical discussions exist around the idea that beauty is primarily related to human taste. However, beauty, along with other aesthetic factors, is also the primary topic of aesthetics, another of the many branches of empirical philosophy.


To the untrained eye, people and their situations appear to be only made out of parts of the world. The more one looks at and appreciates these parts of the world around him, the more he or she appears to be loved, and thus the person who looks upon these things favorably will tend to feel beautiful and therefore attractive. In this light, one does not need to look particularly ‘beautiful’ in order to be beautiful; rather, the simple act of looking makes all the difference. For the beholder, beauty is something that transcends race, culture, religion, sex, or any other basis on which one may look at and evaluate another. To the beholder, even if two or more people appear ‘divergent’ in their appearances, their emotional aptitude shows through in their facial expressions, gestures, and in their aesthetic tastes and preferences.

To the aesthetically-inclined, there is much more to beauty than the simple aspects of form and color which one sees with the naked eye. Aesthetic appreciation of beauty demands that one look beyond appearances to the deeper aspects of psychological and emotional harmony that can be found when people are in a state of harmony with one another. As such, for the beholder, beauty is much more than skin deep; it is an experience of being whole and complete, of being one with oneself and with others, and of loving the present moment.