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Concept Of Beauty Is Universal

Beauty is a property associated with human beings. This could be considered even as a characteristic. Beauty is not only related to human beings. Beauty can be associated with locations, certain concepts, certain things etc as well. This property or characteristic named beauty makes other people happy about it. Any thing beautiful is a joy for others to watch.

The word beauty was originally taken from Greek language. According to the Greek interpretation, the word’s meaning was according to one’s hour. This has philosophical implications as it implies that every thing beautiful has to belong to its time. So any one who is trying to look too younger or older for their actual age cannot be considered beautiful!!

Now the concept of beauty is universal. But the way people from one geographical location analyze beauty can be different from the perception of beauty as looked at from some one from a different geographical location. These are the cultural differences of beauty. A beautiful person in American culture may not be the same as that in African culture. A simple example is the weight of the person. In the western culture beauty is synonymous with skinny. But in many parts of Africa and Asia, being fat is considered beautiful. This could be understood in the case of Stone Age man, as a fat person would have a much better chance of surviving a famine. When hunting was the major source of one’s income, having a really fat wife would have been the equivalent of riding a Lamborghini in today’s world!!

Even today in Mauritania, a country in Africa, girls are fattened to such a degree that they are at risk of getting sick at a very young age. As very fat girls are the only ones who get married easily there, it is a common practice there to force feed the girls to extreme levels.

Most societies considered being fat as beautiful until a century ago. The concept of thin beauty is a very recent phenomenon.

The common saying is that, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This phrase defines the subjective nature of beauty to the full extent. As is the case of body weight explained above, people from different cultures tend to look at beauty from different viewpoints.

When it comes to religion, they give more weight to the inner beauty of the person. This usually refers to the character of the person more than his or her looks.

Beauty has mathematical properties too. Beautiful things are usually symmetric and proportional. The Greeks believed that the proportion of the features of any beautiful person must be as per golden ratio. Modern studies have proven that the Greeks ideas on beauty were correct.

History Of Human Beauty

Human beauty has a long and varied history that stretches as far back as the human ability to reflect on the self. Beauty as a general term is defined as a characteristic of a person, place, object, animal or idea that provides a person with a sense of meaning, satisfaction, pleasure, or all fo the above. In terms of humanity, beauty generally tends to directly relate to health, genetic fitness, and an overall perception that the human in question is in balance and harmony with nature. This involves a multitude of elements including skin health, overall symmetry and youth.

The standards of human beauty are always evolving based on what a particular human culture considers valuable. Therefore, in some cultures a strong physique with good childbearing or siring capacities are considered beautiful, while in others markers of wealth, such as particular hair cuts or the ability to have manicured nails are considered beautiful. However, there are a few things about human beauty that don’t change from culture to culture or time to time. Relatively young humans with smooth skin free of skin tags and blemishes are always considered beautiful. Well proportioned bodies and regular, symmetrical features are also considered important.

As a matter of fact, proportion and symmetry are so important that some of the first written works on the subject of beauty by Pythagoras delineate a strong connection between mathematics and human beauty. In our modern day, studies of the perceptions of human beauty have found that humans look for very particular and exact proportions in faces and bodies when checking out potential mates. Even the smell of symmetrical people is considered more attractive than those with distinct asymmetry.

Naturally, humans have also been using various cosmetics and devices to make themselves appear more beautiful since the Stone Age as well. Lotions, creams and ointments intended to smooth the skin have been found in archeaological digs all over the world. Jewelry has a long standing place in the culture of innumerable people who wear it to show their wealth and status while making themselves more beautiful and eyecatching. Cosmetics were often considered magical spells for luck and protection in ancient Egypt. Considering the modern multibillion dollar cosmetics market, it would seem that nothing much has changed, either.

Details and fads change year by year, but it’s always fashionable to be as beautiful as possible. Tastes in cosmetics and jewelry change too, but keeping smooth skin that’s free of skin tags, moles and acne along with good personal hygiene and a neat appearance will never go out of style. In addition, modern people tend to underestimate their own personal beauty because they are trying to reach the modern ideal, but that modern ideal hasn’t been fashionable for very long, nor is it very sustainable. Good health, on the other hand, will always be beautiful.