the ambiguity of beauty.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Can we really argue rationally about an irrational subject such as beauty?

Philosopher Immanuel Kant once said that if we think something is beautiful, then we want everyone to agree with us. That is true, although the chances of that perspiring into a reality is unlikely. Our individual perceptions of beauty are a reflection of our own personality and individuality. 

When we come across beauty, something inside of us comes to life; we get this uncontrollable feeling of breathlessness, sublimity and raw admiration. We stop breathing. We experience what Albert Camus explained as “life lived to the point of tears”. This experience of beauty allows us to enter deep down the rabbit hole of our own mind where time no longer exists and all we have is a collection of emotions that make us marvel at the euphoric magnificence of this experience.

But is it considered beautiful only when we experience joy? Surely, beauty can be a source of sadness; mourning in a kind of dejected darkness, staring down an abandoned passage. After all, Camus’ statement of having lived life to the point of tears can be a syntactic ambiguity.

I could go on trying to provide a clear-cut definition of beauty, but beauty is irrational and highly subjective.

If your eyes could speak, what would they say?

– F. Ifram


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