Beauty matters because it teaches us more about ourselves than anything else. Yet to meaningfully appreciate beauty we must first learn to understand it.
The process is the same for any sensory experiences – we need to break a holistic experience into its smaller components and understand their contribution to the whole.
Without an intellectual understanding we fail to notice details that make up the completeness of beauty. Without it we are doomed to judge things on their most prominent features. Notice how men often settle for vulgar, exaggerated and shallow beauty featured in porn, while women themselves strive for elegance and sophistication featured in fashion, magazines, movies. Attention to details and demand for sophistication is not a gender difference but a learned skill. If men would have spent 1 hour each day doing make-up and selecting clothes to wear, then they too might have learned to pay much more attention to details.
It is only when we understand how individual components are interacting with each other to produce the experience that we like, that we can say we are in the realm of intellectual understating of beauty. The price of admission to the intellectual realm is a dramatic reduction in available choice. We raise the bar and instead of going for a convenient choice we want specific experience that will bring us the intellectual and emotional pleasure we seek.
We are no longer satisfied with the convenience of Starbucks location but go to remote locations operated by passionate baristas for whom coffee making is art and science, not commerce. We spend money and time to find designer clothes because H&M and GAP no longer satisfy our delicate taste. Similarly, in our search for beauty we strive for sophistication and in the process we become immune to artifacts of shallow beauty surrounding us, but we also start seeing certain elements of beauty in places that we didn’t notice before.
Chasing beauty means seeking individuality and being inspired by human gene variation, instead of conforming to a latest beauty trend. We now notice genetic variations such as width of legs and calves, waist, hips and quality of hair and skin; we learn to appreciate well done make-up that reinforces facial features, we are delighted to see great hair dressing, and we observe the effect of jewelry and clothes on our perception of an individual.
What once was exciting and intriguing is now seen as boring and dull “me-too trend”. We notice that cosmetic surgery is just a convenient cliché designed to morph an individual into a specific, appealing beauty type that is popular today. There is no sophistication in clichés, the individuality is crushed and creativity is shallow.
In the process of decoding beauty we are intellectually stimulated to understand and explore our relationship to the world. We use the prism of beauty to see and experience the world around us. Beauty matters because without it the world is just a pale, gray, boring mass in a cloudy day. Fortunately we have genetic wonders like Mila to remind us that our own bodies are the pinnacle and inspiration of all man-made beauty.
When I look at Mila, I don’t see nudity – I see the prime example of excellence of the female body with all its shapes, symmetry, contrasts, elegance, sophistication and i cant help but be reminded that bodies like Mila’s must have inspired thousands of people to create works of arts for Millenniums. Works that would have not be created if not for humans’ attempts to capture the beauty of the female body. Mila Azul might be the biggest, most kick-ass genetic wonder star of 2017, but she is also a messenger vessel reminding us of why beauty matters.
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