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“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.” ― Sophia Loren

Why are we drawn to aesthetics? After researching I believe some truth can be found in “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Yet many could insist that there is a difference between good/bad taste,that there is something defective about the aesthetic enjoyments of one who claims that the music of one Britney Spears is of a higher quality than Beethoven. At the very least, we must consider the possibility of aesthetic development (improvement in one’s taste), as a direct correlation of experience or lack there of. We have all had the “epiphany” experience of finding and appreciating aesthetic qualities to which we were previously blind. “Practice makes perfect,” for the audience as well as the performer. But with progress comes an ideal; not just any change will do, it must be change in the right direction.

In order to avoid subjectivism, it need only be the case that some perspectives are formally superior to others, thus paving the way for idealization. We may then secure objectivity by noting that our actual opinions may not aline those we would hold under idealization. If reality could grant individual ideality without convergence, this means that aesthetic values are both objective and relative.

Not all that related but interesting: Last night I sat down and watched a video called “Cat Poem”, in short it describes how great cats are as well as the science behind why people find them so lovable and cute. To sum up what was said; cats have evolved to be adopted by us (their meows even have evolved to imitate a human baby crying so we have the need to give them attention! Behind aesthetics lies a variety of scientific, psychological, and human nature entities but in conclusion “cats have lil squishy paws” so we love them.

 

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