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This maxim simply means that it is up to the viewer to determine whether something is beautiful or not. We know that in some cultures, the standards for beauty are very different than in our society. Some cultures put plates in their lips and their beauty is determined by how far their lips extend. Although our society seems to like thick lips, and some people inject their lips with silicone, other think this is silly. When a person is in love, he or she may think that their significant other is beautiful or handsome but other may see that person as plain or even ugly. Beauty is determined not by the individual, but by those who look at that individual.
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