The question, “Is beauty subjective?” made me think of an inspirational story I came across years ago. It goes like this:
A teacher asked her class to list the seven wonders of the world. The class became a buzz as the students debated about some of them. In the end, they came up with the list that included things like: Egypt’s Pyramids, Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, etc.
The teacher noticed one student sitting quietly and asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.
The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.”
The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”
The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World are: to see, to hear, to touch, to taste, to feel, to laugh and to love.”
The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. And that is how I felt the first time I read the story.
It is not important that you find the same items beautiful as I do. What is important is that we both find beauty in life and in our everyday living. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary, or those we take for granted, are truly wondrous.
Written in response to the Daily Prompt: Absolute Beauty
We’ve all heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Do you agree? Is all beauty contingent on a subjective point of view?