What is beautiful?      

I often ask myself this when I find people marvelling at something they think it is beautiful yet I find it disgusting or unattractive especially in pursuit of love or romance. Someone may see someone as beautiful or handsome yet another person thinks other wise (Robert, 1974).   

Is beauty truly in the eye of the beholder, or are there some things that all cultures find beautiful? 

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder as rarely do people collectively accept something as beautiful and what they think attractive today they find it unattractive tomorrow. It is the reason beauty pageants are held annually because perceptions keep on changing  (Matustik, 1995).       

What is the purpose of art?  

I often ask myself this whenever I visit art galleries yet I always find myself marvelling at some piece of art. I think its purpose is to appreciate and express beauty as perceived by the artist.      

How can a piece of art be successful or valuable? Does beauty matter?    

The piece of art is as valuable as per its expression of beauty and ones identification with its perception of beauty.  I think beauty matter it contributes to happiness and excitement of ones existence. Beauty colours the world and makes it a habitable place (Walter, 1956).     

Dreyfus, H. (2006). A Companion to Phenomenology and Existentialism. Cincinnati: Blackwell.

Robert C. S. (1974). Existentialism. New York: McGraw-Hill. 

Walter, K. (1956). Existentialism: From Dostoevesky to Sartre, New York: Sage

Matustik, J. (1995). Kierkegaard in Post/Modernity. London: Oxford University Press. 

Sober, E. (2001). Core Questions in Philosophy: A Text with Readings. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall.


Published by Samuel Ng'ang'a Mwangi

One day I had too much to tell but there was no one to tell the story. I had to write articles, print them and then give them out to anyone who cared to read. Author of "So You Want To Get Into Courtship?" A Guide To Purposeful Christian Courtship. I write and rewrite on my blog

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