S IMPLY BEAUT I FUL
B
eauty is a characteristic of a person, animal, place, object, or idea that
provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction. It is studied
as part of aesthetics, sociology, social psychology, and culture. An "ideal
beauty" is an entity that is admired for its perceived perfection, or which possesses
features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture.
The experience of "beauty" often involves the interpretation of some person or
entity as being in balance and harmony with nature, which may lead to feelings
of attraction and emotional well-being. Because this is a subjective experience,
it is often said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.
There is some evidence that perceptions of beauty are evolutionarily determined:
that aspects of people and landscapes considered beautiful are typically found in
situations likely to give enhanced survival.
The classical Greek noun for "beauty" was
κάλλος
(
kallos) and the adjective
for "beautiful" was
καλός
(
kalos). In one dialect of Greek, Koine, the word for
beautiful was
ωραιος
(
h
ō
raios), an adjective coming from the word
ωρα
,
h
ō
ra, meaning "hour". In Koine Greek, beauty was thus associated with "being
of one's hour".
A ripe fruit (of its time) was considered beautiful, whereas a young woman trying
to appear older or an older woman trying to appear younger would not be
considered beautiful. In Attic Greek, h
ō
raios had many meanings, including
"
youthful" and "ripe old age".
Here, A&J bring you examples of timeless beauty that will enhance your mind
and body, and will help make you look and feel, well, Simply Beautiful…