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The phrase "beauty lies in the eyes of beholder" point to the fact that different people find different sights as pleasing or beautiful. Put another way, the beauty of same object or sight may be assessed differently by different person. Thus a thing is beautiful not because of some intrinsic physical feature it possesses by because of the the likes and preferences of the person viewing the object. Thus the beauty is something that exists in the mind of the person seeing it. Thus the word eyes has been used here figuratively to represent the mind and feelings of the person seeing - the beholder.
I hope you understand the meaning of the term "perspective". Beauty is all about perspective or point of view. The same thing which is beautiful in one's eyes, could be viewed as an ugly thing in another's. Take an easy example, some would find an actor/ actress very pretty or handsome, while some would surely do possess a different view. How you would analyse, interpret or evaluate one thing, it is dependant on you; that would build your perception. Everybody's perception is different more or less, and that's why, beauty has apparent appeal.
Earlier in this discussion board, there is a topic asking why blue eyes and blonde hair are perceived as beautiful. This is an example of beauty being in the eye of the beholder -- not all people do perceive it that way.
Another example is in how different cultures see female beauty differently. My Japanese friends have very different views of what makes beauty than we Americans tend to have.
The point made in the third post about perspective is probably the best way to explain why beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is based upon your own experiences of what is beautiful and what is not. Even different cultures have different perspectives of what makes someone physically attractive or beautiful.
Everyone (in every culture and society) has their own perspectives and views about the world. What one person may see as beautiful, another may see just the opposite. This is really what it boils down to. Everyone takes their experiences in life and uses those experiences to explain and interpret the world around them.
There is a universal image of beauty and it is in relationship to facial symmetry. The more symmetrical a face is he more likely we are to perceive it as beautiful Other than that, I believe we all have our own preferences. Our image of beauty is based on our ideals that have developed over our lifetime.
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