Popular wisdom says that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
While one can use this excuse to like things that others don’t like I wonder how it is the other way round.
Say you have a pet dog that you really love and find beautiful. While you may have your own reasons to find it beautiful, your neighbors might find it very dreadful.
What it really means that while aesthetics is highly subjective and as an individual you might have your own sense of aesthetics, there does exist something called a general perception of beauty and aesthetics.
Whichever way you see it (pun intended), this general sense of beauty plays a vital role everywhere. Scientific research has shown that people who look beautiful or posses beautiful things are far more likely to succeed than others.
Apparently, if two people get interviewed for a job then the more good looking person is likely to have an edge over other even when the other person might have performed a little better on other parameters.
Let us call this our “aesthetical bias”. Unfortunately, the general sense of beauty is characterized by the kind of things masses are subjected to. Television and media plays a great role in it.
Why the hell am I talking about all this ?
I just had an argument with a friend. The point of our argument was that does beauty really matter ? Is it fair on our part to give an advantage to a person/object for the sole reason that it has got a favorable looks ?
In my opinion it will be really great if everyone can just ignore the looks and judge things on the parameters relevant to the purpose. But the world is not perfect and hence such a case is not possible. Besides I suspect that the process of evolution too is kicking in somewhere.
Beauty can also be associated with desirability. If something is desirable it means it is fitter than the undesirable object. Hence it survives where as undesirable objects perish. So by making that choice we are actually trying to build a more beautiful future.
As far as I am concerned I am deeply biased with beauty, in fact many times I get annoyed with my own behavior.