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Beauty’s tastes

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04-22-13 043a

Beauty is peculiar – it is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but that beholder can find beauty in what we may find as some pretty unusual places. What is beautiful by one person’s standards is usually not as impressive or can be repulsive to another so it is incumbent upon us to respect other peoples’ tastes for beauty and not to denigrate them. We don’t like or appreciate it when someone questions our judgement or taste in anything. Why should we impose our likes and dislikes on anyone else? We may want to share what we think is a beautiful object or action with others but we certainly shouldn’t expect others to join us in our excitement or joy, just as they should not expect us to feel with the kind of intensity they do the things they consider beautiful or exciting. On the other hand we should not feel shy about expressing our awe at something beautiful or different or we might miss out on a connection we could find rewarding or beneficial;  we also might find a kindred spirit admiring the same thing and be able to form a connection there. The key to enjoying what we find beautiful is to allow the beauty to affect us but not to expect the beauty to affect others in the same or in any other way.  Wouldn’t you rather enjoy your moments of beauty rather than ruining them with your own expectations of others?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

2 thoughts on “Beauty’s tastes

  1. “What is beautiful by one person’s standards is usually not as impressive or can be repulsive to another so it is incumbent upon us to respect other peoples’ tastes for beauty and not to denigrate them”

    a lot of people don’t ever realize this

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